Parents invited to learn the warning signs at ‘Mock Teen Bedroom’

PA Rep. Rosemary Brown invites parents to find the stashes in a simulated bedroom at her East Stroudsburg office


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— A bedroom set up like a typical teenager’s room, but with “stashes” of fake substances meant to represent illicit drugs, can help parents, grandparents, and guardians learn the warning signs that a teen might be abusing a substance.

PA Rep. Rosemary Brown has teamed up with Jamie Drake and Rob Mikulski of the Carbon/Monroe/Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission and created a “Mock Teen Bedroom” Drug Prevention Simulation, at her district office at 143 Seven Bridge Road, East Stroudsburg. Visitors are invited to see if they can find all the stashes and signs of drug use.

"As we continue to be faced with drug addiction in our society, I have joined with others in our community on a new initiative to help educate parents, grandparents and guardians on signs of drug use in our youth," said Brown. "I invite these individuals, anyone over the age of 18, to stop by my district office to partake in this simulation to help increase their education about teen drug use and complete the educational scavenger hunt."

According to the U.S. Department of Human Services, the fastest growing drug problem among teens is prescription drugs.

"Unfortunately, we all know a family who has been affected by drug use," Brown said.

In 2016, an estimated 3.6 percent of adolescents ages 12 to 17 reported misusing opioids over the previous year, said Brown. This percentage was estimated to be even higher, at 7.3 percent, among older adolescents and young adults ages 18 to 25. By the 12th grade, it was estimated that about one in every two adolescents had abused an illicit drug at least once. While marijuana remains the most commonly used drug, adolescents are finding it easier to abuse substances such as prescription medications, glues and aerosols, because they are readily available in the home.

"I hope that many people will take 10 minutes to visit the room in my office and make it a priority to increase their education on the warning signs of drug use to be as proactive as possible in protecting their children," said Brown.

For more information, call Brown's office at 570-420-8301.
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