WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

March 25, 1993

Parents invited to drug-use seminar

Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn is sponsoring a seminar on April 7 to help parents understand and respond to teen-age drug problems.

Mike Gimbel, the head of the Baltimore County Office of Substance Abuse, also will discuss drug prevention techniques and explain the best ways for parents to confront their children about an addiction.

"This is not just open to Spalding parents," said Kathleen EHider, the director of development for the private Catholic school. "It's for parents in general. This is not a problem that hits one particular area. It's not just public schools. It's not just the inner city. It's a worldwide problem."

Ms. Hider said that Spalding has few drug-related incidents ocampus, "But it would be foolish for us to say it is not a problem. It could be a problem with a family, and we are not aware of it."

Mr. Gimbel has already given presentations at Spalding to students and faculty.

The program will be at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium, at 8080 New Cut Road in Severn. For more information, call Ms. Hider at 969-9105.

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