A Central Valley drug treatment group hoping to start a conversation among parents, about prescription drug addiction in teenagers and students.
PAIN, or “Parents & Addicts In Need,” works with thousands of families each year, with loved ones ages 14 to 35 suffering from opioid addictions.
PAIN’s founder says, while the death rate has gone down, the addiction rate, is on the rise.
Wednesday night, PAIN is hosting a town hall for parents.
The event will focus on risks facing youth in the community, show parents what to look for and feature testimonials from several former addicts who grew up in the area, and have now changed their lives.
Speakers like Clovis Unified graduate Jack Karraker.
“My hope is to, you know, relay to the parents, that, I had every chance to succeed, and I chose a different route,” Karraker said. “And you know, the lack of education on my end, and also my parents, kind of led to the manifestation of my addiction, for years to come after high school.”
“They don’t want to think that this could happen to their child,” PAIN Founder and President Flindt Andersen said. “In fact, every family tells me that when they come through our doors, and the fact of the matter is, it does happen, and we just want those parents aware of it.”
The event starts at 6:30 p.m., at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District Auditorium.
It’s free to the public, and will be moderated by Pastor Jim Franklin of Cornerstone Church.