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5-9-18 — Current Trends in Teenage Drug Use

May 9, 2018 ~ The Olathe School District will host a panel discussion on Thursday, May 17, at Olathe East High School for parents of middle and high school students. "Current Trends in Teenage Drug Use" will begin at 7 p.m. in the school theater. 

Parents often have a lot of questions, but not always the answers, regarding teen drug use. They hear things in the media and from friends and family, but what are the facts? What is really happening in Olathe? How can they be proactive parents?

By attending this engaging panel discussion parents will be able to ask questions of experts and learn about:

  • What types of drugs are easily accessible?
  • What is the profile of teen users?
  • What are the signs that my child might be using drugs?
  • Should I be concerned?
  • What happens if my child is caught with drugs?
  • How can I be proactive as a parent?
  • What are the legal and school implications?
  • What resources are available?
  • Why are kids using drugs that are not prescribed to them?
  • What is the connection between opioid use and mental health issues?
  • What are the physical and psychological reactions to Xanax and other over the counter meds?

The panelists include Kevin Kufeldt, LCPC, program manager for Johnson County Mental Health; Johnson County Assistant District Attorney Don Hymer; and former Olathe School Resource Officer Cpt. Johnny Roland with the Olathe Police Department.