The free program, facilitated by the Dare County Department of Public Health (DCDPH), looks into the teenage drug culture and presents parents with information they need to be vigilant.

According to Amy Montgomery, Community Outreach Director for the hospital, “You’ll walk away wowed by what you learn and what you see – things your youth may already be exposed to.” During the program, participants will be invited to take a look into a mock teenage bedroom to identify objects that may reveal potential drug experimentation or abuse. Drugs Exposed will also present an overview of current drug use trends and provide resources for parents and community members.

Beth Nettnin, DCDPH Health Education Specialist facilitates the program. She explained, “It’s very hands-on, interactive and designed to welcome all kinds of questions.” For the program, DCDPH will set-up and stage a teen bedroom. “We’ll walk around the room together and I’ll point out objects that may reveal potential substance abuse,” she elaborated. “Participants will gain insights into the subtle and not so subtle signs of drug experimentation.”

“We are proud to offer programs that increase knowledge and promote wellness in our community,” said Montgomery. Drugs Exposed will take place on August 18 from 6:30-8:00pm in the hospital’s Education Suite, located in the Medical Office Building on site at their Nags Head location. For more information or to register for the free event, call 252-449-4516.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Health Education Specialists, Beth Nettnin (center), educating parents of the current drug culture and trends in Dare County as part of the program Drugs Exposed to be presented at The Outer Banks Hospital on August 18, 6:30-8:00 pm. For more information on this event, call 252-449-4516.