HTTP/1.0 200 OK Content-Type: text/html Drug Seminar Aimed At Parents
Pubdate: Tue, 10 Feb 2004
Source: Vermilion Standard (CN AB)
Copyright: 2004 Vermilion Standard
Author: Jennifer Jacula
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Parents and other concerned adults can learn the truth about crystal meth
and other drugs in a free information session February 12. "It's not just
crystal meth we're going to be talking about, it's other drugs," said AADAC
addictions counsellor Kim Ruptash.

The session will include information about signs to watch for if you
suspect your child is using drugs, general trends in the Vermilion
area, and tips on what to do if your child is using drugs.

Speakers will include Cst. Rob Rubuliak of the Vermilion RCMP and
Ruptash. FCSS is organizing the session.

Crystal meth is not a huge problem in this area, but Ruptash thinks it
doesn't hurt to be informed.

"Even provincially, crystal meth is only one or two percent of all
drug use. It's not a really significant problem, I think it just
scares people."

More common drugs are much more prevalent.

"Alcohol is number one, and marijuana is number two," said

3,500 13 to 18 year olds from across Alberta were surveyed recently
about drug use.

56.3% of youths admitted to consuming alcohol during the past year.
27.6% had used marijuana.

Only 16.2% admitted to cigarette use, 10.4% to consuming magic
mushrooms, and 5.3% had consumed ecstasy and/or crystal meth.

The session starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room on the main
floor of the Vermilion Provincial Building.
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