Junction City parents learn about teen drug use

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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW)- Times have changed and that's exactly why parents headed to school Monday night--learning the new rules to keep their teens safe from drugs. Junction City area officials organized the parent education meeting, "IMPEDE: Improving Parent Education on Drug Effects."

Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Rob Istes told13 NEWS they put together this three hour presentation after spending nine days learning the lingo that could clue parents in to a potential problem.

Junction City parents Wayne and Julie Darsow brought their 16-year old-son Jacob to Monday night's meeting.

"Peer pressure is a very potent thing and we keep telling him he has to make his own choices, but you always worry as a parent that other kids will influence him to do the wrong things," says Jacob's father, Wayne Darsow.

The Darsow family along with about 30 other parents gathered in Junction City Middle School's auditorium as two Kansas Highway Patrol troopers discussed drug trends among Geary County teens.

"The biggest message I think parents should leave with is the ability to tell if one of their children is taking drugs and being able to give them an intervention and help now versus later, " says KHP Rob Istes, "We're gonna talk about how they ingest the drugs and how they ingest in the body that any parent should learn to observe and teachers as well."

From terms like "huffing" to learning side effects of getting high, the Darsow's learned clues to tell if their son or any of his peers are under the influence of drugs and how to prevent future use.

"I came out to discover whats new than when we grew up so that we can be aware and help friends of Jacob's. There is candy that looks like a real candy and it's probably a drug and a lot of parents won't know that unless their informed," says Jacob's mother, Julie Darsow.

The Darsow's say they hope their son will continue on the drug-free path.

"You know, reinforce those good behaviors, and you know, not go down the wrong path," says Wayne Darsow.

"If we can help one person, it's well worth the opportunity and time," says Istes.

The meeting was free and had many sponsors, including the Junction City Police Department.