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Protecting Against the Realities of Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse: Make a point to talk about drinking and drugs with your teens.Talking about this issue is important. Parents and guardians and their middle school and high school students are invited and encouraged to attend together an upcoming “Protecting Against the Realities of Substance Abuse” program organized by Parents Reaching Out To Educate Communities Together (P.R.O.T.E.C.T.), a task force of the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County. School and community groups are encouraged to host this program.

JMSPTSA PROTECT Event
The James Madison High School PTSA hosted the "Protecting Against the Realities of Substance Abuse" community forum on March 24. Bill Fulton, School Resource Officer supervisor for the Fairfax County Police Department, opened the panel discussion.

At a presentation by P.R.O.T.E.C.T., discover the signs and symptoms of teenage drug abuse, what actions parents can take, and where to find supportive resources. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend with their middle school and high school students to learn from hearing the personal stories of parents, young adults, and professionals about the dangers of substance abuse.

Upcoming PROTECT programs in Fairfax County open to the community:

  • Monday, April 21, 2014, 7 p.m. Annandale High School Clausen Hall, Annandale VA (Download Flyer)

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 7 p.m., George Mason High School (Auditorium) in Falls Church. (Download Flyer). A resource fair will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. *Snow date: Wednesday, Feb. 26 (George Mason High School is part of the Falls Church City Public Schools).

Rescheduled Date:  Monday, March 24, 2014, 7 p.m., Madison High School (Warhawk Hall), Vienna (Download Flyer)

Several P.R.O.T.E.C.T. members appeared on a panel in Montgomery County, Md., on May 16, 2013. See news clips:


Thanks to the George Mason High School PTSA for hosting UPC's first 2014 "Protecting Against the Realities of Substance Abuse" program and to our PROTECT panel for sharing personal stories about how drugs have impacted their family lives and for professionals in the field for sharing resources and suggestions for dealing with substance abuse. 

Articles about P.R.O.T.E.C.T. programs and speakers:

What do you know about drugs and drug abuse? Take the National Drug IQ Challenge and find out.

Teenage Drug Use in Fairfax County: Download Youth Survey Fact Sheet

Parents might also find this tip sheet helpful: Tis the Season to Talk with Your Teens About Drinking and Drugs