BISD Hosts Forum on Substance Abuse

BISD Hosts Forum on Substance Abuse
Posted on 09/26/2017
Boerne ISD will host a dialogue with district parents about substance abuse prevention, Tuesday, October 17, 6 p.m. in the Champion High School Auditorium.  Admission is free.

The event will feature comments by Kendall County criminal district attorney Nicole Bishop and first assistant criminal district attorney Katherine McDaniel, who also will address students directly at events at the district’s high school later in the month.

“Parents need to know how to react, and what to do when their student comes to them with a question or a possible issue with drugs or alcohol,” says Boerne ISD student assistance counselor Holly Robles.  “We take first aid and CPR classes to prepare for accidents, cardiac arrest and the like. We should prepare for situations like substance abuse. Students are more likely to seek help from a parent or a friend.”

Presenters will walk parents through scenarios involving the criminal justice process and discuss the risks of associating with others who make unwise choices, the effects of drugs and alcohol on the user, and consequences of conviction.

“Our goal is for parents come away with actionable items that will help them be prepared if their student comes to them with a question or situation with drugs and alcohol,” Robles says.  “We want parents to know that they are not alone if their student has an addiction. There is hope and help available.  Parents will have really tough questions answered about the effects of their students substance use.”

According to data from the 2016 Texas School Survey compiled from Health and Human Services Regions 7 and 8, which includes Kendall County, alcohol is the most commonly abused substance among youth.  Four in 10 of high school seniors reported they had used alcohol in the past month.  In the survey, students reported alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, synthetic marijuana and ecstasy as the most frequently used illegal substances among their peers.  

“Anyone that has children or cares about children should attend this presentation” says Robles. “Everyone knows someone who is or was chemically dependent.”

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