County State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee will lead a discussion tonight about the legal and medical consequences of drug and alcohol use at a community forum at South River High School in Edgewater.
Also scheduled to speak during the "Drugs, The Law and You" program are addiction-treatment expert Howard "Chip" Silverman and county police Officer Greg Speed.
"We were trying to put together a forum that would be informative for both parents and students," said Kathleen E. Evans, an assistant state's attorney and mother of five -- including a 15-year-old daughter who attends South River High.
Evans asked Weathersbee to participate in the program, which was arranged by the school's PTSO.
The program will include information to help parents talk to their children about drugs and alcohol.
Topics to be addressed include:
"Constructive possession" of drugs and alcohol -- when a child is in a group where drugs are present.
A parent's liability for serving alcohol to teen-agers at a party in a home.
What drugs look like.
Signs that a teen-ager is using drugs.
Health consequences of drug and alcohol use.
The forum will be held in the auditorium at South River High, 201 Central Ave.