Program helps teens avoid bad decisions

Mar. 27, 2013 @ 05:24 PM

 A local church is partnering with Alcohol and Drug Services to help teens conquer and prevent abuse.
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church will host the sixth annual Flip the Script Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, April 9.
Alcohol and Drug Services is a private, nonprofit program providing substance abuse education and treatment services to Guilford County and surrounding areas.
This is Wesley Memorial’s first year co-hosting the meeting.
“The best form of prevention is education,” said Leigh Anne Bassinger, Wesley’s adult lay leader. “Our goal is to educate parents, youth and the community about the dangers of underage drinking and the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse among teens.
Former WXII news anchor Tolly Carr will give the keynote address. Carr was incarcerated in 2007 after hitting and killing 26-year-old Casey Bokhoven while driving impaired. He will share his story to Triad teens.
Vending will begin at 5 p.m. while refreshments are served. The meeting will include a panel presentation featuring a registered pharmacist, substance abuse counselor, a parent who lost a child to substance abuse, a clean teen role model and a medical professional involved in the recovery process.
“They (children) are our future, Bassinger said. “We have to provide them with the knowledge and confidence to make smart choices.”
Wesley Memorial and ADS encourages everyone of all ages to attend.
“The earlier you attend to a child who may have a problem, the more quickly you can get them some help,” Bassinger said.