Substance abuse resources available for parents, students

In response to the growing concern about substance abuse in Shenandoah County, a drug education initiative has been launched in public schools.

Resources are now available for students and parents in every guidance office in the county’s public schools, said Donna Early, a social worker for the schools.

“The current goal of the initiative is to educate our students and parents about substance abuse issues and to provide resources to families with an identified need,”  Early said.

One student handout, “Substance Use Awareness: If a Friend Needs Help,” has information on what the student needs to know, what to say and what to do to help those struggling with substance abuse.

“The brochure also lets students know who in their school they can talk to about substance abuse issues, as well as provides them with crisis phone numbers and informational websites,” Early said.

A second handout for students, “365 Ways to Party (without alcohol),” includes information on ways to have fun without using harmful substances.

Three handouts are available to parents as well. One gives parents advice on recognizing the signs of drug use by their children.

Another handout, “How to Talk to Your Kids About Drugs,” gives parents suggestions on how to start  substance use conversations with their children.

The third handout for parents includes a list of resources they can contact for support.

These handouts were created in collaboration with CLEAN Inc. — Community Law Enforcement Against Narcotics.

Schools Superintendant Jeremy Raley sent an email to parents on Monday introducing the drug education initiative and encouraging parents to join efforts to keep students out of harm from substance use.


Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or

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