Being a teen can be tough, way tougher than I think most of us adults really realize. Not only do they have to deal with the stresses of social media; sex, drugs, and alcohol have been normalized and glamorized in main stream pop culture. Thankfully for me, Phoenyx is still a few years away from being exposed to these things. But for many Idaho parents that's not the case

I would imagine that most parents just don't know how to discuss some of these things with their children. They may just avoid the topic all together hoping it never comes up or that their child will magically just make the right decision when confronted. Luckily the city of Meridian is here to help and is offering a Teens And Substance Abuse Workshop that is free to the public.

The press release states:

MERIDIAN – The Meridian Anti-Drug Coalition (MADC) along with the West Ada School District present the 7th Annual Teens and Substance Abuse Workshop. The FREE series covers a variety of topics including: The legalization landscape of marijuana, processing youth drug citations, a look at free Natural High resources and how adverse childhood experiences relate to substance abuse.

With the legalization of marijuana being passed in many states, parents can learn about how this maybe affecting their teens from a former drug prosecutor.

This event is not just for parents. It's open to the public. Teachers, counselors, nurses are welcome to attend and can earn Professional Development and Continuing Education credits through BSU.

For more information and to register visit www.meridianmadc.org