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Adolescent Drug Abuse In Halton
In recent months there have been several media stories relating directly and indirectly to our youth and their use of drugs. As a result of these stories and the parents' need for information, Parent Watch hosted a drug presentation on December 18, 1996. There were approximately 120 people in attendance. Officer Michalski of the Halton Regional Police conducted a drug awareness presentation that was followed by a student panel discussion. At the end of the presentation we made a commitment to hold a follow-up meeting, which was held on January 15, 1997.
The purpose of the meeting was to address some of the issues raised and facilitate community discussion. The exercise was most informative and to some degree therapeutic for those of us struggling to address the issues of drug abuse.
We would ask that readers of this report be aware that although some of the recommendations may already be in place, unattainable or unrealistic, it is the process of community involvement that is important. In addition, parent Watch and its members would hope that they are not perceived to be pontificating, but rather participating.