SAFE in Northern Michigan uses teen bedroom to bring 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.
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 hopes to inform 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. Susan Pulaski, SAFE Coalition Project Coordinator, shared that “Because of the danger of vaping, we want parents to be informed of these devices so that they can open the door to a conversation with their teen. Awareness of what devices look like can help to protect their teen.”
As parents enter the trailer, they can choose to have a guided tour from a trained SAFE Coalition member or use digital posters to learn about items that can be used for vaping/marijuana or disguising substance use. Funding for the trailer was made possible by the Northern Michigan Regional Entity and generous 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 on 11/7 from 5:00-7:30PM, Ellsworth on 11/8 from 12:00-4:00PM, and Petoskey on 11/12 from 5:00-7:00PM and 11/14 from 6:00-8:00PM.
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
Erin Luckhardt, PIO
Serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet & Otsego Counties
visit with the trailer, call Susan Pulaski at 231-347-5813. For media inquiries, call Erin Luckhardt at 231-347-5628.