For Parents

We live in troubling times in which we frequently hear about a young person who fell victim to drugs or a prescription drug overdose. Part of our mission is to educate the community about these issues in order to help keep Camarillo a safe community.

We invite parents to join our Parent Task Force, which meets on the second Friday of each month at 9:00-10:00 am at the Saving Lives Office, 5800 Santa Rosa Rd, Camarillo, CA 93012. As a part of this group, you will be involved in helping other parents learn how to keep their children safe. We also encourage you to attend our monthly Coalition meetings to keep up on the latest information available. Be a part of the solution! Contact Yaakov Cahnman at 805.738.8942 to find out how you can become a part of this important effort!

Prom Safety

Remember your prom experience? While some things have changed, other pressures are exactly the same. Many adolescents go to the prom with someone they don’t know well, or know only as a classmate or friend. And, since most prom activities are often un-chaperoned, many teens may feel pressured to engage in inappropriate behavior with their prom date.

Many teens will use alcohol and/or drugs to cope with the stresses they face during prom night. In addition, the use of these substances can cause relaxation, loss of inhibitions and altered perceptions. It can also cause them to make questionable choices and get involved in other behaviors that put their health and safety at risk.

WHAT EVERY PARENT CAN DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER PROM:

Throughout the year, get educated about the current drug trends in your community. Talk to the guidance personnel at your school or Student Assistance Counselor.

  • Gain a perspective from Parent Teacher Association (PTA) representatives
  • Attend educational workshops that address the issues young people face with and alcohol and other drug use
  • Continue to discuss the dangers of adolescent drinking and drug use
  • Pinpoint medical emergencies, such as alcohol poisoning
  • Reinforce that they should get help if a friend is in trouble
  • Stress that they should tell an adult immediately if someone has lost consciousness
  • If they are hesitant to notify an adult, tell them to call POISON Control for anonymous advice:
    1-800-222-1222