Hubbard in Prevention will host “Open the Door: A Presentation on Drug and Alcohol Trends,” an educational, traveling exhibit that is designed to help parents and professionals who work with youth recognize potential warning signs.

It will be held at the Park Rapids High School media center, located at 301 Huntsinger Ave., on Wednesday, Sept. 18. The walkthrough of the display will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation/explanation from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The exhibit and presentations are open to adults only. Admission is free.

By exploring a teen's bedroom, you will learn to identify items that could provide critical insights about potentially risky behavior. Among the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a desk and personal care products on a vanity, there are more than 150 items that can actually be signals that a teen could be involved in risky, harmful or even illegal activity.

After a walkthrough of the bedroom, the presentation will provide you with insights into some of the items in the room and identifies how each can signal a warning about alcohol or other drug use, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, bullying, criminal or gang activity, and other mental health concerns.

When looking at a teenager’s bedroom, notice patterns of behavior. What stands out to you that isn’t normal for your child? Are there weird odors? Extra cash laying around? Is your teen being more secretive? When attending the presentation, try to put factors together for what could be risky behavior.

We want to remind you that not every child will become an addict, and not every child will make risky decisions. This presentation is to inform parents, community members and organizations about the signs of alcohol and drug use and other problems that could be happening with a teenager.

This event is funded by a Drug Free Communities Grant and in partnership with CHI St. Joseph’s Health. Contact Angela Graham at 218-255-3692 or angelagraham@catholichealth.net for more information.