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March 6th, 2014

Drug abuse programs set for March 7, 11

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wo presentations of Trends in Teen Drug Use will be made on Key Biscayne in March.
The first, which will be presented in Spanish, will be Thursday, March 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. A second, from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, will be presented in English.
Both presentations will be held in the second floor Island Room of the Key Biscayne Community Center.
The seminars are free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please call 305-365-8900 to register.
The Key Biscayne Community Center and the Principal’s Coalition for the Good of the Children are working with Family Recovery Specialists to offer the presentations for parents.
This community seminar will focus on the dangers of teen substance use. Based on the latest data, many young people do not perceive substances like marijuana to be harmful and potentially leading to increased use and serious consequences.
Ray Estefania is co-founder and executive director of Family Recovery Specialists.
According to Estafania, there is there is a significant drug problem on Key Biscayne.
“There is a big problem with prescription drugs like Xanax, Valium, opiates like Oxycotin, and a wave of kids trying Ecstasy, Molly and experimenting again with LSD,” he said.
Among the other challenges evident on the island are cultural differences.
“A lot of South American and Latin American families are completely against their children doing drugs, but are very lax about drinking,” he said. “Many families will respond appropriately when drugs are concerned, but not about drinking. We really want to send the message to all families – it’s not okay for young people to drink.”
The seminar will also discuss signs and symptoms that indicate a child is having problems.


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