Event teaches warning signs of youth drug abuse

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IRVINGTON -

A community organization hosted an event Tuesday to teach Westchester families how to spot signs of drug abuse and addiction in young people.

Specialists with Irvington About Safe Kids, or iASK, educated parents and students about substances like alcohol, drugs and e-cigarettes.

Examples included something that looked like a regular Coca-Cola can but is actually used to stash illicit materials, or a bracelet that can be used as a pipe.

As prom season is approaching, organizers say the goal of the event was to raise parents' awareness, hopefully leading to prevention and intervention, as well as to get parents and students working together to spot and stop drug use.

High school students in attendance took part in a hands-on challenge called "escape the vape room."

About three dozen parents and students attended the event at Irvington Elementary School.

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