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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 “PROTECT Against  Substance Abuse” program organized by the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County and its work group PROTECT (Parents Reaching Out TEducate Communities Together). School and community groups are encouraged to host this program.

The James Madison High School PTSA hosted the "Protecting Against Substance Abuse" community forum on March 24, 2014. Bill Fulton, School Resource Officer supervisor for the Fairfax County Police Department, opened the panel discussion.

At UPC's PROTECT Against Substance Abuse forum, parents and students learn about the dangers of substance abuse from hearing the person stories of parents, young adults and professionals: Nov. 18 at Fairfax High School.

At a PROTECT presentation, discover the signs and symptoms of teenage drug abuse, what actions parents can take, and where to find supportive resources. Learn from hearing the personal stories of parents, young adults, and professionals about the dangers of substance abuse.

This school year's PROTECT programs in Fairfax County open to the community include:

    • Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at 7 p.m. at South County High School (Silver Box Theater), 8501 Silverbrook Rd, Lorton (Hosted by South County High School PTSO) | Flyer
    • *Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Fairfax High School (Choral Room), 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax  (Hosted by Fairfax High School PTSA) | Flyer    (*FCPS' Red Apple 21 will film this presentation for later broadcast as part of its "Community Keynotes" programming.)

View: UPC Press Release on PROTECT 2014 | FCPS Press Release

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

PROTECT program articles & speakers: