Local News in Brief : Parents to Get Anti-Drug Help

Neighborhoods in Action, a program to help parents recognize drug abuse and stop it, will send counselors to four South Bay communities beginning this week.

Police departments in El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance will coordinate visits by counselors to Parent Teacher associations, churches and other community groups.

After a three-month trial period, the program may be expanded to other South Bay communities, said Karen Reist, a Neighborhoods in Action coordinator.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Los Angeles County provided $23,000 to pay for the project.

"We found there was lots of educational information out there for students," Reist said. "But more and more people tell us that parents and other adults are out of the loop. They don't have information."

Neighborhoods in Action will teach parents how to recognize drugs and the symptoms of drug abuse. It will also advise parents how to talk to their children to try to stop them from using drugs, Reist said.

More information on the program may be obtained by calling Reist at the Scott Newman Center, 469-2029.

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