Kids looking for a high don’t have to find a dealer — they can just peek under the kitchen sink.
An assortment of household products, over-the-counter drugs and illegal drugs are regularly abused by teens and preteens, say coordinators of an East Valley organization that works to break the cycle of substance abuse.
On Thursday, a lecturer from Community Bridges, a nonprofit group, will be at St. Anthony on the Desert Episcopal Church in north Scottsdale to discuss drug culture, signs of abuse and more with parents.
"I think it tends to shock people when they get to see what’s being used and how much is being used," said Stephanie Siete-Kreiling, the scheduled speaker.
The drug culture has changed since most parents were teens, she said. Marijuana and alcohol are still being abused, but now they are being mixed with club drugs and other substances.
Siete-Kreiling’s program is one of two drug awareness seminars Thursday night in Scottsdale. Three citysponsored drug awareness programs also are to run Wednesday through Friday.
The seminars follow quickly on the heels of a seven-month narcotics sting by police in Scottsdale nightclubs, which resulted in the confiscation of more than $570,000 in drugs and the arrest of 34 people.
Last month, a Desert Mountain High School student died when he crashed his car into a pickup truck while "huffing" inhalants, his teenage passengers told police. The truck’s driver also died.
A 2002 nationwide survey of 23.6 million students between grades 7-12 showed half of them had used drugs, Siete-Kreiling said.
Jim Davis, director of the St. Anthony’s lecture series, said people approached him asking for information on drug use.
"We had a lot of parents saying we want the cold, hard facts about drugs and what’s going on at schools," he said. "Some of what the kids are doing, it’s just destroying their brains and their lives."
Drug awareness lecture
What: Lecture on "Street Drugs of the 21st Century" Who: Community Bridges, a nonprofit organization based in Mesa
When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday
Where: The Parrish Room at St. Anthony on the Desert Episcopal Church, 12990 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
Child care: Provided free by calling (480) 451-7792
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