Playgrounds to Pills

"Great program. All presenters were very informative. We learned much! Thank you!!!!" - Parent

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Every day in the United States, 2,500 youth (ages 12-17) abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time. Why do some adolescents make decisions that lead to risky behaviors such as substance abuse? For some, it may be out of curiosity or peer pressure, but for others it may be a coping mechanism for an underlying issue such as anxiety or depression. Playgrounds to Pills addresses those questions and impresses upon audiences the power of parents in prevention and early intervention. Participants will learn the importance of developing strong relationships with their children as well as strategies for raising reslient children despite the societal pressures placed upon them by technology and media. 

This program targets a younger population, specifically parents of those in 4th-9th grades.  


Speaker Bios:

Dr. Fidlin

Dr. Brian Fidlin, Psy. D.

Brian Fidlin is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been serving the needs of children, adolescents, adults, and families in the Midwest for the past 20 years.   

Dr. Fidlin has a unique approach in helping individuals and families transition from periods of chaos, uncertainty, and instability into one that is calmer, more productive, and stable.  Dr. Fidlin has been recognized for his role in assisting those who have experienced the loss of a loved one due to accident, illness, or suicide.  In addition, he has considerable experience addressing the issues of substance use, abuse, and dependency. 

He is a highly recognized national speaker in the areas of child/adolescent development issues, addictive behaviors, and parenting.


Melissa Jendusa, Rosecrance

Melissa is a Certified Health Education Specialist who takes her passion for wellness and applies it to supporting individuals’ recovery from alcohol and drug use disorders.  Melissa specializes in HIV Prevention Education, Population Health Management, and Medication Assisted Treatment for those addicted to opiates.  With over ten years in the behavioral health field, Melissa finds joy in helping the public understand the chronic disease of addiction and discover that recovery is possible.


Katie Morrow

Katie Morrow is a prevention education specialist who has worked in the substance abuse field for 8 years. She has worked in a variety of roles in this field including prevention, direct care, development and community organizing. She has a Master’s in Public Administration from Marquette University. Being in long-term recovery for almost 10 years gives Katie a passion for recovery and prevention. Katie enjoys sharing her story in hopes that it will help others from going down the path that she is. Katie loves to spend time with her son, dogs, and husband and is an avid runner and hiker.


"What an AMAZING presentation! Thank you!!"


"My favorite was Dr. Fidlin. His presentation made me want to seek more information. He was awesome!"


"This was excellent! Thank you for doing this."


"Wish I could have it on video to watch again and share with others."


"Thank you for offering this program."