How teens are staying above the influence

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Teens come together to learn different ways to stay above the influence on Friday.

More than 130 teens and adults learned about the affects and consequences of different types of drugs.

The Kansas Youth Empowerment Confernece hopes to give those teens the skills to take an active role in preventing substance abuse when they return home but there is one topic that seems to be a up hill battle and that is majihuana.

Students acted out scenarios of what could happen if they did take drugs that are offered to them. It’s one way more than 130 teens and adults learned about the affects and consequences of different types of drugs.

Director of Programs with Kansas Family Partnership Maria Anderson says it allows them to become leaders within their schools because they know the truth, they know the accurate information and their willing to share that with their peers.

The conference wants to give these teens the skills to take an active role in preventing substance abuse when they return home but also staying away from drugs will help them achieve goals later on in life such as college.

It was pretty clear at the event most understood the consequences but how do you convince kids marijuana is bad when other states are legalizing it?

“Conferences like this where you have educators and you have counselors and people who are in direct contact with young people should get familiar with the hazards of it and talk to your kids about it.” said Vanhoe Love Jr., director of a sports program.

The conference also addressed growing problems for today’s kids including binge drinking, driving under the influence and distracted driving.

 

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