The DeForest Area School District and DeForest Police Department are continuing their series of presentations on AODA (Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse). According to DeForest Police Chief Robert Henze, “It is important to provide awareness and preventive educational material so parents and others can learn the trends and try to stop a loved one from making major life altering decisions. These presentations are purposely focused on warning signs/red flags and steps to take when these signs are noticed.”
Two awareness and prevention presentations are scheduled for 2014. The first is on Thursday, January 30 and the second on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Both will be held in the little theatre at the high school starting at 6:00 pm.
Detective Sergeant Robert Berg will be presenting information on the progression of substance abuse. A representative from the Parents Addiction Network will also be present to discuss an online resource for families and friends of people battling drug addiction.
Both presentations will cover topics such as marijuana, alcohol, heroin, prescription medications, and the Parent Addiction Network of Dane County.
In March of this year the Parent Addiction Network launched a website providing a “one stop shop” of treatment and recovery resources. Located on this website are the answers to the many questions that surround addiction, signs and symptoms of drug abuse, treatment, insurance, legal issues, overdoes, recovery and getting support for family and friends of people in the grip of this disease. Chief Henze was honored to present the BeSafe Award for Collaboration to the Parent Addiction Network at the 7th Annual BeSafe Awards put on by Safe Communities Madison-Dane County Coalition. Visit the Safe Communities website for more detailed information about the Parent Addiction Network at http://www.safercommunity.net/.