Most parents attend community drug forums to hear about the signs of drug abuse.

At a recent event in Southern California, attendees got a surprise look at an addict.

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According to the Ventura County Star, the meeting was held last Thursday in Simi Valley. The meeting was just about to wrap up, when an officer leading the meeting, read through questions written by members of the audience.

The last question read, “”Dear Cary,” Please help. I’ve been using heroin for four years, and I can’t get clean.”

Cary Quashen, from Action Family Counseling immediately asked, “Who wrote that?”

A 19-year old man stood up at the back of the room, and received an overwhelming sign of support from the 250 people in attendance.

As the article indicates, the young man discussed the popularity of the so-called farming party.

That’s where teens show up with any kind of pills they can find, and throw them in a bowl. And all of the people at the party dig in, eating unknown prescriptions.

This is what makes these types of meeting so important. This is the second such similar occurrence in about a month. The last one was not very far away in the community of Santa Clarita.

What started as a community effort to raise awareness among parents, ended as a community coming together to save a man’s life.

Many parents in denial, think that their kid would never dry drugs.

Parents need to break that stereotypical image of a drug user. They aren’t a certain race, and the don’t have a certain length of hair. They most certainly can’t be told by their clothing.

We need more of these efforts by communities. They are already successful if they educate parents, but if they can immediately save the life of an addict, they can have instant payoff!

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