WESTERLY — The Westerly Education Center, 23 Friendship St., will host a “Prevention of Substance Use” workshop to help parents and anyone who interacts with youth to understand why teens adopt risky behaviors and how to spot the warning signs. The workshop will be offered at the center from 4 to 6 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 6, or Thursday, Jan. 16, or from 10 a.m. to noon, on Friday, Jan. 17. The instructor is clinician and educator Pamela Messore.
The workshop will provide information on emotional and behavioral development, adolescent brain development, high risk behaviors, typical drugs of abuse by youths, including lesser known synthetic drags and how youths procure them. Particular attention will be given to the current medical issues associated with vaping (nicotine and cannabis), the opiate crisis, and the short- and long-term effects of illicit substance use. The curriculum includes warning signs of substance use, the connection between mental illness and substance use, how to talk to teens about drug and alcohol, and treatment options.