MCPS to Host Oct. 7 Forum on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

September 20, 2013
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), in collaboration with county and non-profit partners, will host a community forum on youth substance abuse and prevention on Monday, October 7, 2013. The event, entitled “Time to Talk: Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Prevention Forum," will be held at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Dr. in Rockville, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The event is being coordinated by MCPS, the Montgomery County Police Department, the Montgomery County Collaboration Council, the Montgomery County Alliance to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse, and the Brave and Bold coalition. The event will feature a resource fair, presentations, and a question and answer session.

“Recognizing and preventing substance abuse in our children is a very important topic for our schools, our families, and our community at large,” said Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr. “It is an issue that will require us to collaborate on solutions that will help our young people making healthy choices, so they can lead productive lives.”

Among those expected to speak at the event are Dr. Starr and other members of the MCPS staff, as well experts in the area of substance abuse and prevention, including:
-  Dr. James M. Bjork, program officer, National Institute on Drug Abuse
-  Dr. Raymond Crowel, chief, Montgomery County Behavioral Health and Crisis Services
-  Sergeant Keith Matthis, Montgomery County Police Department

Those interested in attending are asked to register in advance by
visiting the MCPS website.

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