Hybrid Glenbard Parent Series event to address vaping, alcohol and cannabis use in the digital age

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, the Glenbard Parent Series: Navigating Healthy Families will present two film screening/discussion events, "Under the Influence: Vaping, Drugs, Alcohol, and Cannabis" with UCLA addiction psychiatrist Timothy Fong, M.D.

The documentary "Screenagers: Under the Influence," from filmmaker Delaney Ruston, M.D. will be shown in person at 11 a.m. at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn.

The film screening will be followed by a hybrid in-person and Zoom webinar GPS presentation by Fong at 12:05 p.m.

A second screening will be offered at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at Glenbard South High School 23W200 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. A hybrid in-person and Zoom conversation with Fong follows the screening at 7:05 p.m.

Go to for further information and the links to these events.

Continuing professional development units are available for these events.

Today's teens are flooded by images on social media, movies and TV shows about vaping, drugs, alcohol and cannabis. Using research-based science, Fong will focus on practical solutions for keeping teens safe in a changing world. When caregivers have a working knowledge of common drugs and know the symptoms of their use and effects on the mind and body, they can better discuss these dangers with their children. Participants will learn strategies to encourage healthy decision-making, support teen mental health and create healthy home environments.

Fong, who is a graduate of Glenbard West, is clinical professor of psychiatry at the Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and part of their faculty leadership examining the full impact of addiction on the body, mind and brain.

Ruston's film, "Under The Influence: Addressing Vaping, Drugs, and Alcohol in the Digital Age," delves into how the tech revolution has reshaped adolescence and its effects on substance use.

GPS is generously sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center, Community Consolidated School District 93 Birth to 5 Coalition, Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE), College of DuPage, Duly Health and Care, DuPage Regional Office of Education, Emmy Gaffey Foundation, Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative, Kids Matter, Kiwanis Clubs, Prevention Leadership Team of the DuPage County Health Department, and Webb-Hutter Family Fund of DuPage Foundation.

To be placed on a reminder list for GPS events or submit a question in advance, contact Gilda Ross, student and community projects coordinator, at or (630) 942-7668.

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