On Tuesday, August 13, a workshop coined, “Drugs Are Deadly” will be held in Santa Clarita in an effort to educate teens and their parents about the dangers of drug use. It is being held by the LASD’s Juvenile Intervention Team at 6:00 pm in Canyon Country near Flying Tiger Drive.
One of the best ways to prevent drug use in teens and young adults is via education, and the workshop will provide information on how drugs affect the youth of Santa Clarita as well as how easy it is to hide drugs in various places in the home. The information will be addressed to teens as well as their parents in an effort to promote communication between the two groups.
According to Mayor Bob Kellar “The City is committed to the continued education of parents and teens about drugs, their effects and ways to prevent drug abuse within their families.”
Some of the more common drugs encountered by law enforcement agencies in Santa Clarita include: heroine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, prescription pain killers and household chemicals. Detective William Velek will address this issue and provide information on the dangers of these substances. He will also name several common places where drugs are hidden by youth, so that parents will know where to look should they find their kids under the suspicion of drug use.
A special team that is part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, known as the J-Team, leads the workshop. The J-Team is a specialized unit created to help combat drug use among the youths of Los Angeles County.