Tall Cop came to town last week.
Jermaine Galloway who has spent the past 15 years delivering valuable information on how to impact underage drinking and drug abuse among youth to communities across the nation made a stop in Newaygo County to help spread the word on the latest drug trends.
Over 200 people attended the presentation including school and hospital personnel, law enforcement. social workers and lots and lots of parents.They came to learn about those recent trends in the world of youth drug and alcohol abuse and from the reaction of the crowd they came away with an increased awareness of the subtleties and intricacies involved in the drug culture.
In addition to the presentation a mock room was set up to help demonstare hidden clues that might indicate drug usage and clothing used innthe drug culture was on display as well.
“The event had a great turn out!”said Rachel Uganski Project Coordinator of the Drug Free Communities. “It really demonstrated how much the Newaygo County community cares about their kids.”
“Understanding the latest trends is key to preventing substance abuse for youth in Newaygo County. Prevention starts at home. Parents have the ability to talk often with their kids about the risks. Parents also have the ability to limit access to prescription drugs, tobacco, and alcohol in their homes”
The biggest takeaway?
“How vigilant we have to be in making sure our kids are safe from substance abuse. Drug Trends are constantly changing. You must know what you are looking for, the drug culture makes devices and substances discrete to evade detection.”
Sponsored by Great Start Collaborative, Newaygo County Families Against Narcotics, and the Headway Coalition and held at NCRESA’s RCASCA site, the program helped to make attendance easier for parents by offering a free dinner as well as free child care.
Newaygo County Undersheriff Chad Palmiter has been involved with the Headway Coalition prevention efforts for many years and was pleased at the number of community members who took the time to attend the event.
“This was a great presentation for parents and families to learn about these trends, the way they are being used, and how the are constantly changing. Sometimes we tend to push these problems off, believing they affect only other areas of the state or country, however these issues occur right in our backyard and need to be taken seriously.”
Concerned about local substance abuse issues in our community? Contact Headway at 231.652.3619 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They also have a facebook page.
The sponsoring organizations would like to thank the following organizations for their help in making this presentation possible:
White Cloud Church of God Ministry Center– for providing the cookies
Sui Generis Home Furniture – Mock Room Set Up
NC RESA – Technical support, and space
Food Provided by:
Mid-State Health Network
Fraternal Order of Police
Newaygo County Families Against Narcotics
Great Start Collaborative