FARMINGTON HILLS (WWJ) – Parents will come face-to-face with more than 70 drug paraphernalia items during an interactive workshop being held Thursday night in Farmington Hills.

In the two-hour presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m., participants will enter a mock bedroom and work to identify some of those drug-related items.

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Cheryl Phillips with Saint Joseph Mercy Health Exploration Station says they hope the program will help parents initiate conversation with their children.

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“We are hoping to give them information about the facts, what are the latest trends going on, things are a lot different now than they were when we were all kids,” said Phillips. “Tell them the latest facts – really encouraging that communication piece. We are giving them tools and to open up communication with their kids and giving them resources – so if they do have a question or concern where can they go next.”

“Some times it’s obvious that a kid has changed and some times it’s not so obvious – so we really encourage parents to have general communication with their kid about anything and everything -so if they have a really good relationship and they know their kids habits, and their routines and their friends, and then when something changes – even a little bit – the parent is aware,” she said.

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Phillips says when it comes to your teen and drugs, communication is key. The seminar will be held at 6:30 p.m. at North Farmington High School. There is no cost for “Drugs 101: What Parents Need to Know.”