Traveling teen bedroom brings awareness to current drug trends
SAFE in Northern Michigan is working to educate parents on the emerging substance use trends for teens by creating a replica of a teen’s bedroom that travels to various sites. The trailer, which has been converted to look like a teen’s bedroom, will be parked outside of high schools in Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties during parent-teacher conferences with the intent of informing parents about vaping, marijuana, underage drinking and other substance use related items. Local schools have noted an increase in the use of vaping devices by their students. Many parents have reported being unaware of current drug trends and delivery devices.
Funding for the trailer was made possible by the Northern Michigan Regional Entity and donations of labor and materials from the Home Depot in Petoskey. SAFE will have the trailer at the following school events: parent-teacher conferences in Charlevoix from 5-7:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, Ellsworth from noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 8, and Petoskey from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 12 and again from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 14.
The SAFE Coalition is currently seeking a sponsor for a trailer wrap to better identify the purpose of the trailer. For additional information on the trailer, sponsorship or to schedule a visit with the trailer, call Susan Pulaski at (231) 347-5813.