By Michael P. Neufeld
Lake Arrowhead, CA – Substance abuse HURTS everybody!
Whit that in mind, the third in a series of Community Nights will address substance abuse trends in the mountain communities and how they hurt all of us. The Community Night — open to the public — will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, in the cafeteria at Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School (MPH). The program will show how substance abuse has a profound effect on the health and well-being of communities like ours.
The informative presentation, by San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff Frank Navarro; Rim Family Services’ Teen Counselor Rica Gilbert; and Drug Prevention Specialist/Counselor Colleen Myers, will address ways to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and abuse.
A panel of experts, including local law enforcement and school administration, will also be in attendance for a question and answer session.
Community members will hear about specific drugs that are popular with youth, including synthetic drugs such as Spice; the importance of reducing youth access to alcohol; as well as signs and symptoms of drug use and how to protect children.
Refreshments at the January 15 meeting will be provided by Lake Arrowhead Community Presbyterian Church. MPH is located at 730 Rhine Road in Lake Arrowhead. In the event of a Snow Day the meeting will be postponed.
The series of Community Nights is a partnership between Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School (MPH), Rim Family Services, the Rim Youth Prevention Leadership Coalition, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Each Community Night covers a topic of local concern in order to raise community awareness and enable the community to work together to address these issues.
Additional Community Nights covering topics such as Internet safety and safeguarding youth are scheduled for March 5 and May 14. Plans are also underway to continue Community Nights in the fall to address issues such as suicide prevention and human trafficking.
Contact Colleen Myers at Rim Family Services at (909) 336-1800 for additional information.
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