South Lake Tahoe parent donates website to fight drug use
After a presentation by police about what drugs are available in South Lake Tahoe and how teens are using drugs, parent Hanna Bernard decided she had to do something.
“I have a 9-year-old,” Bernard said. “I figured I have to be prepared when he gets into middle school and high school.”
As a professional programmer, her solution was to build a website, Bedrugsafe.com, dedicated to the subject.
“I got terrified,” Bernard said. “I had no idea there were so many drugs in South Lake Tahoe and that they’re so accessible to our kids.”
Bernard along with police officers Rebecca Inman and Aaron Crawford spent two months compiling information and building the website. It went live on Wednesday.
Bernard hopes the new site can answer parents’ questions regarding drug use. She included information and photos about particular drugs and how to identify symptoms of drug use.
“If you don’t know what to look for, you don’t know anything,” Bernard said. “It could be right in front of you and you could miss the signs.”
Eventually, she’d like to have a section for teens where they can learn about the consequences of different substances.
The website is endorsed by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, Lake Tahoe Unified School District and the City of South Lake Tahoe.
Bernard welcomes participation from community residents who are interested in spreading the information by linking from their own websites.