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Abuse/addiction trainings offered for grandparents

May 16, 2017 11:11AM ● Published by Today's Family

Grandparents have always played important roles in the lives of their grandkids.  These days more and more grandparents find themselves assuming primary-child-raiser roles; sometimes due to overworked and spread-too-thin single parents, other times due to the addiction or incarceration of a parent.
 
The Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board and the Lake County Opiate Task Force are offering two free training programs designed to make grandparents more aware of strategies they can use to help their grandchildren steer clear of drug abuse and addiction. The trainings are offered with the support of Lake County’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).
 
The first session is Tuesday, June 6 from 6:00–7:30 p.m. at Eastlake Senior Center/TAFT at 1580 East 332nd Street.  The second is Wednesday, June 7 from 10:00–11:30 a.m. at Mentor Senior Center at 8484 Munson Road.
 
ADAMHS Executive Director Kim Fraser says the presentations are tailored specifically to help arm grandparents with information and tools to help keep their grandchildren safe. “We’ll talk about the nature of addiction and the scope of the opiate epidemic we’re facing,” she notes. “We’ll cover warning signs of abuse, do’s and don’ts, strategies, and help resources.”
 
Both trainings are free but require preregistration. To register for the Eastlake training call 440-975-4268; for the Mentor training call 440-975-5725. For more information call the ADAMHS Board’s Compass Line at 440-350-2000 or 440-918-2000.

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