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February 2, 2012

New proactive drug prevention and educational program aimed at teens starting up in St. Joseph County

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The police agencies of St. Joseph County in partnership with the Prosecutor’s office, the Juvenile Court, CMH Substance Abuse Services, and the Human Services Commission are starting a new proactive drug prevention and educational program for St. Joseph County aimed at teens.  A press conference is scheduled on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Lower Level of the Courts Building in Centreville, Michigan, to explain the program.

There have been programs in the past to help parents learn how to talk to their children about drugs.  In the last year the Sturgis Police Department and the Juvenile Court have worked on a more focused initiative to reinforce parental responsibility to deter drug use in youth of St. Joseph County.  The new proactive program is entitled “Road Signs.”  All this time was spent to develop a brochure, companion information, and drug test kits that are easy to understand and use.  This new approach has the backing of local support groups and substance abuse services.

The intent is to empower parents to keep their children drug-free in the privacy of their own home.  The test kit is easy to use and will have helpful information on how to talk to your children on testing.  This does not have to be a negative accusatory event, but an honest, caring exchange.  The police are the contact point, but we will work with schools to make the test kits and information available.  Parents need to be more observant of the signs of drug use and help their children make good choices on the road to being successful citizens.

The information and the sample test kits will be available for $5.00 at the Juvenile Court and through police and will be available at the press conference to examine. The five panels test from marijuana to pills and cocaine.  For more information, call the Juvenile Court at 269-467-5561.  The brochure and information can also be e-mailed if we have the place to send.

Source:  News release from Hon. Thomas E. Shumaker, Probate Judge


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