Photo courtesy of Paradise Valley Unified School District

Horizon High School, in partnership with its booster club PAWS, is hosting a drug awareness seminar for students, their families, and the community. Scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m., this event aims to educate the community about the dangers of drug use and its increasing prevalence in schools and communities.

The seminar is designed to offer valuable information, resources, and connections to help families tackle the complex issue of drug use among youth. The focus will be on how drugs are entering schools, their impact on young people, and strategies for parents to engage in meaningful conversations with their children about this critical topic.

Stephanie Siete, a prominent educator and speaker known for her work in drug prevention and education, will lead the presentation. With a career spanning over two decades with Community Bridges, Inc. (CBI), Siete has earned recognition for her dedication to addressing community drug issues, including the 2016 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award – Phoenix Division. Her seminar will cover the evolution from low-potency drugs of the past to the synthetic, super-strength drugs of today, highlighting the dangers of vaping, the deadly impact of fentanyl, and the alarming increase in drug overdose deaths among young Americans.

The event is suitable for students in grades seven through 12 and aims to provide attendees with the knowledge and tools necessary to understand and combat the ever-changing landscape of drug abuse. With drug overdose deaths tripling among 10- to 14-year-olds and accidental poisonings on the rise, the seminar is a timely and crucial initiative for the Paradise Valley Unified School District and the wider community.

Horizon High School is located at 5601 E. Greenway Rd., in Scottsdale. For more information, visit