Who will be the first one to talk to your children about prescription drug use?
The Twin Peaks Middle School PTSA wants it to be you. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, the group is hosting a presentation about prescription drug abuse in San Diego, with a focus on the North County.
"Studies do show that parents who have a strong, direct message to their children that this is wrong ... their child is less likely to experiment," PTSA President Cynthia Ilif said.
The presentation will be led by Sgt. David Ross, who is on the Narcotics Task Force for the San Diego Sheriffs Department, and include guest speaker Sherrie Rubin and her son, Aaron Rubin.
The Rubin family often speaks about prescription drug abuse around the county, the result of being directly affected by the problem. They were at a forum in Spring Valley in January:
One was Poway High School graduate Aaron Rubin. Once, Rubin had it all. The charismatic teen was vibrant, smart and athletic, had a loving family and hundreds of friends. But, at 23 years old, Rubin made a choice that drastically changed his life forever.
On Oct. 9, 2005, Aaron overdosed on OxyContin and other prescription drugs while at a friend’s house, causing him to have a heart attack and two strokes. He narrowly escaped death. Aaron is now a quadriplegic, unable to speak, and completely dependent on others.
The presentation will be held at the Twin Peaks Middle School Theater, 4640 Tierra Bonita Road, Poway. It is free and open to anyone.