Skiatook High School and ABLE Commission to host presentation on drug, alcohol abuse among teens

SKIATOOK - This evening, the Skiatook community will partner with the Oklahoma ABLE Commission to educate parents and teens on the seriousness of drug and alcohol abuse among high school students.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 18 percent of eighth graders and 39 percent of 12th graders have used an illegal substance in the past year. Agent Erik Smoot, the main speaker of the event, will share some of the trends and realities among teens today.

"With prom and graduation coming up, parents need to be aware of the unique containers that teens are carrying alcoholic beverages in," Smoot said. "Also synthetic drugs are a big problem, and most people don't know what they look like or that they are illegal."

The event is sponsored by the Skiatook Providers Coalition, the Skiatook Rotary, Youth Services of Oklahoma and the ABLE Commission.

"We always interested in educating our teens on drug and alcohol prevention," said Skiatook High School assistant principal William Parker. "This is a wonderful partnership that we have in our community, and parents will learn a lot about the drug and alcohol trends that are out there."

The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Skiatook High School Auditorium, 1000 W. 4th St.

Following the meeting Smoot, along with abuse counselors from Palmer Drug Services of Tulsa and Youth Services of Tulsa will be available to answer questions.

"This is an awareness campaign," Smoot said. "That is what tonight is all about. Be aware of what your teens are using, pay attention and ask questions."

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