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Parents, teens invited to 'Straight Talk About Drugs'

BATAVIA – Vicki Foley, president of Chris Walk Against Substance Abuse, said parents who don't think they would need to attend a community forum about drug use should reconsider.

Parents can't predict what kinds of situations their children will be in or who their friends will be, she said.

"Before you get into the crisis, try to prevent the crisis," Foley said.

The Chris Walk and the Kane County Chronicle, in conjunction with National Drug Facts Week, will present "Straight Talk About Drugs" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St., Batavia.

Guest speaker Bruce Talbot, a retired police officer, is set to present the trends in substance abuse in Kane County and alert parents to spot the signs of drug use among adolescents.

Foley, a Shaw Media employee, expects Talbot will be an engaging speaker, as he will be using visual aids and was well received at a St. Charles School District 303 event, she said.

The panel will feature Kane County Sheriff Donald Kramer and Kimberly Groll, a licensed clinical professional counselor whose specialities include drug and alcohol counseling, Foley said.

Time will be available for questions, she said.

The event is funded by the Aurora-based Dunham Fund and aligns with Chris Walk's mission to bring about substance abuse awareness, Foley said, noting new drugs are continually introduced.

"Knowledge is key," she said.

Silicone bracelets with the phrase "not even once" will be available at the event as a reminder to not even try drugs, Foley said.

Teens might think they're infallible, she said, but they don't know what a drug might do to their brain, their health or their life. Because addiction affects so many people, Foley said she encourages all to attend the forum. She said there is no harm in learning about a situation they might encounter.

"You might as well be prepared for it," she said.

Admission is free, and there will be a drawing for a Kindle Fire HD. A second tablet will be awarded to a Kane County Chronicle reader who takes the National Drug Facts Week 2015 quiz that will be published in the paper the week of Jan. 26. The winner, along with the quiz answers, will be printed the following week.

If you go

What: "Straight Talk About Drugs" with speaker Bruce Talbot

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St., Batavia. Attendees should use the Wilson Street entrance.

Admission: Free


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