The Winona County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) has hosted 10 free Hidden in Plain Sight exhibits in less than two years. This experience guides parents and guardians through a mock teen bedroom to raise awareness about potentially over-looked household items that may be indicators of experimental or regular substance use.
The exhibit started in response to demand from local parents.
“I hear repeatedly from parents that they wish they had more information about identifying substance use and what to do if their kid is using drugs,” ASAP Program Coordinator Phil Huerta said. “Our volunteers wanted to do something about it, and we are excited to host this free traveling exhibit in the community, and provide other resources for families.”
Four-hundred and twenty-two people have seen the exhibit, thanks to viewings at Winona Health, the Winona County Fair, the Winona Friendship Center, Miller Ingenuity, Way to Wellness, Winona Senior High School, and Lewiston-Altura Intermediate School. A total of 283 volunteer hours were donated to the coalition through these events.
“Adolescents find new places to hide paraphernalia every day! I wouldn’t have thought about some of those places,” one participant said.
The next Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit will be held at the East Recreation Center, 210 Zumbro Street in Winona, on August 7 from 5-7 p.m. as part of the National Night Out Block Party/Know Your Neighbor event.
To learn more please visit http://www.winonacountyasap.org/
ASAP is a coalition of community members devoted to cultivating a drug-free culture for youth in the Winona area.