Pubdate: Fri, 24 Mar 2006
Source: Red River Valley Echo, The (CN MB)
Copyright: 2006 Altona Red River Valley Echo
Author: Greg Vandermeulen
Bookmark: (Drug Education)


Altona Red River Valley Echo -- Are you a parent intimidated by the 
increasing prevalence of crystal meth, or the statistics that show 
many teenagers smoke marijuana? Are you afraid it could be creeping 
into your home?

If that's you, or if you simply want to equip yourself to drug proof 
your kids, the Altona Recreation Department has a program that might work.

Grace Braun said a new program called "How to Drug Proof Your Kids" 
is being launched April 11, and will run for six weeks every Tuesday.

"It's a new program for Altona," she said. "We felt there was a need."

Led by Terry Fehr, of the Carman Youth Drop-in Centre, the program 
focuses on keeping kids away from drugs, and learning to identify the 
warning signs.

Braun said the course teaches parents how to communicate, look for 
signs of drug use, and work towards giving teenagers a drug free 
life. "We are encouraging parents to open their eyes and educate 
themselves in theses matters," she said.

Although interest has been slow to build, Braun said she isn't 
worried just yet, adding the program has already proven itself in 
other communities.

"Morden and Winkler both filled (the course)," she said. "They had an 
excellent response."

The course costs $75 per couple. For more information call the Rec. 
office at 324-9005.
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