Central HS to host free “Stairway to Heroin” educational event on Nov. 1

Westosha Central High School along with Your Choice to Live, Inc., Rosecrance and Rogers Memorial Hospital have partnered to schedule the free Stairway to Heroin educational event from 6:30-8:30 p.m., on Nov. 1.

A Resource Fair beginning at 6 p.m. will precede the program.

Children increasingly are coming into contact with illegal drugs. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the average age of first time marijuana use is 14. The average age of first time alcohol use is 11 for boys and 13 for girls. By the time they graduate from high school 40% of all teens have used marijuana. We cannot assume that all children who smoke marijuana will become heroin addicts. However, the danger does exist, and research supports the progression of use.

Parents are still the most powerful influence in their children’s lives. Children who learn about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are 50% less likely to use than those who don't. Please join us to learn how you can be part of the solution to this ever-growing concern in our community. Education of students, educators, parents and the community is essential.

Sheriff David Beth will emcee and moderate the Stairway to Heroin Program. The Kenosha Drug Operations Group will provide audience members with some startling statistics regarding opiate and heroin use in our area. Presenters will also discuss how easily accessible these drugs can be, how highly addictive they are and the devastating effects they can have on young people and their families. Melanie C. will share her very personal and powerful story. Dr. Timothy Westlake, Director of Emergency Medicine at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital will offer a medical perspective of opioids and share his experiences as an ER physician. Chris Gleason, Director of Rosecrance, McHenry County, will provide a treatment perspective. The Lybert Family, founders of Your Choice, will share their journey to recovery from addiction.

Sponsors for the event include: Westosha Central High School, Paddock Lake Family Practice, Kmic and Noonan LLC, and Kenosha Beef International Ltd. Rosecrance, which provides mental health and addiction services in Illinois and Southeast Wisconsin, and Your Choice, a nonprofit group dedicated to reaching our youth with knowledge and skills to make the best choice and remain substance free, are sponsors who are helping to coordinate the Stairway to Heroin event. Rogers Memorial Hospital, a leader in comprehensive and effective behavioral health care treatment for children, teens and adults is also a sponsor of all the Stairway to Heroin programs. In order to learn more about all of the Stairway to Heroin events, please visit www.stairwaytoheroin.org.

Please register for this free event at https://stairwaytoheroinwestosha.eventbrite.com

Registration is not required, but appreciated for planning purposes. Free childcare is available.

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