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Granite Bay High hosts presentation on drug addiction, use presentation

By: Megan Wood The Press-Tribune
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Granite Bay High School’s health and safety department along with Citizens Advocating Safe and Healthy Youth, invite the community to a presentation on drug use and addiction. According to CASHY founder and Granite Bay health teacher Kathie Sinor, the recreational use of prescription medications is growing at a rapid rate, as the drugs are easily available either at home or from a friend. Sinor said findings by the Roseville Police Department show that 55 percent of children under 18 have had experience with alcohol and cigarettes, while 44 percent have tried marijuana. “They’re (police officials) finding that there’s more crime as well. Pharmacy robberies, usually for Oxycontin, forging prescriptions or using false identifications are ways they’re trying to get prescription medications,” Sinor said. Special guest Victor DeNoble is scheduled to speak at the forum. A former research scientist, DeNoble specialized in the addictive nature of nicotine how it interferes with brain function. The drug forum will follow a lecture format that is teen-friendly to provide information on the addictive properties of drugs and the effects of drug use on the brain. A brief question and answer period will follow the lecture. “There are various reasons why kids use. Experimentation, boredom, curiosity but I think if they had more information it would be more of a deterrent,” Sinor said. “Hearing it from the horse’s mouth will have that much more of an effect.” Sinor said the forum would also give parents more information on controlled substances, addiction and resources for help. The lecture is a required assignment for Granite Bay students currently enrolled in a health class, but is open to the public. The Biology of Addiction What the drug dealers don’t tell you When: Wednesday, March 11 6:30 p.m. Where: Granite Bay High School theater Info: 786-8678 ext. 5829 or ksinor@rjuhsd.us