Apex parents meet to prevent drug tragedies


The school held a "High School 101" meeting for parents Tuesday on the subject of teens and substance abuse and what parents need to know.

Parents listened to stories of survival and stories of sorrow on the struggles of drugs from former students.

"I started getting really into using coke and I experimented with heroin in high school," said one student. "I was selling drugs again to support my habit."

Parents also spoke out about their emotional heartache.

"Then came the worst night of my life -- the night he ended up in the ICU for a drug overdose," said an unidentified parent.

The large turnout was spurned by concern over the recent drug death of 17-year-old Timothy Castaneda, who died allegedly after taking LSD.

A fellow Apex High School classmate, Ryan Laches, has been charged in his death. School counselors revealed that that teen's mom was at a similar meeting last year.

The message delivered was to try to talk to your son or daughter so their life won't be one cut short.

"Parents, my advice to you is to be proactive, educate yourself about the warning signs," said an unidentified parent.

There are some resources available for parents, including:

The Alcohol/Drug Council of North Carolina (ADCNC)

The Governor's Institute on Substance Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Parents Toll-Free Helpline: 1 (855) DRUGFREE

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