Naperville Police Discuss Teens, Drugs
Hart, Christie, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Christie Hart Daily Herald Staff Writer
Maybe parents aren't sure how to tell whether their teens are using drugs, or maybe they drank and smoked as teenagers themselves and aren't worried about their kids' habits.
Whatever their level of drug knowledge, parents are invited to a seminar Wednesday where Naperville police and school counselors will share some hard facts and explode some myths about teen drug use.
The program, "Drugs of Choice Among Our Youth," will zero in on heroin use and addiction. Heroin is making a resurgence among teens, in part because they see it as chic, said Sandy Stelmach, Naperville Unit District 203's student assistance program coordinator.
"Our parents remember skid-row bums with track marks up their arms as the heroin users," she said. "Our kids don't remember that. They think of models with the dark eyes or musicians if they think of anything."
Liaison officer Greg Bell and student assistance coordinator Robin Amberger, both at Naperville Central, will lead the discussion, pointing out signs and symptoms of drug use, Stelmach said. …