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Vale training offers parents facts on drug risks, trends

VALE – The Vale School District will host a drug prevention training for parents on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Vale Elementary School. 

Alisha McBride, the district’s superintendent, said the Malheur County Sheriff’s Department and Lifeways, a local drug treatment provider, will talk about local drug trends in the region – primarily focusing on fentanyl and marijuana abuse and the harmful effects of both substances. 

McBride said after attending a similar training in August that the Malheur Education Service District hosted for the local districts, she thought parents would benefit as much as she did from attending the session. 

A parent herself, McBride, said she wanted other families to have the opportunity to become more knowledgeable of substance abuse and the impacts it can have on youth. 

The training will have a neurodevelopmental approach that will help parents with helping their kids abstain from engaging in drugs and other risky behaviors.

The program also will utilize the book “Neuro Whereabouts Guide.”

In the book, McBride said, author Crystal Collier illustrates healthy brain development and the impairing effects of substance abuse and other risky behaviors. 

The book will be available in English and Spanish, according to McBride. Interpreters and child care will available during the presentation.

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