WILLIAMSON – At a regular meeting of the Standing Through Our Plan (STOP) Coalition meeting Wednesday, discussion was given concerning an upcoming Community Forum on Substance Abuse scheduled for Tuesday, April 26 at Tug Valley High School Auditorium.
The focus of the forum will be prescription drugs and heroin. The forum is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the auditorium with refreshments available before the event at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
The doors will open for the event at 5 p.m. to allow those in attendance to visit various provider booths that will be set up and available to the public in the Commons Area at Tug Valley High School. The booths along with also be available for approximately 20 minutes following the event.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Tim White from the Governor’s Task Force. “He is bringing to us that the new state wide video on prescription drug abuse,” Jeffrey Reynolds with Mingo County Student Services explained. “We also have on the agenda several things that include local health care responders and those who work first hand with prescription drug abuse to let you better know what is going on in our area.” Reynolds continued. There will also be people on hand at the meeting to inform the public about different substance abuse programs available in the area.
This event is being presented by a coalition of collaborative partners including the STOP Coalition, Mingo County Schools Student Services, and The Governor’s Regional Substance Abuse Taskforces.
The event is free and everyone is encouraged to attend including county leaders, municipal leaders, parents, teachers, community members, civic leaders, state leaders, business leaders, law enforcement and faith-based leaders. “Share, share, share…Everybody come to it,” encouraged Joshua Murphey, Program Director for STOP.
The last forum focused on synthetic drug abuse. The topic was chosen after the rise of synthetic drug over doses in Mingo County throughout late summer and early fall. “The turnout at the last event was phenomenal. We had close to 90 people there. We are hoping for the same thing this time,” Reynolds stated.
“Last time it was synthetic drugs. This time, it is prescription pills and heroin. We always want to try to focus on things that are really impacting the community,” Murphey explained.
The next STOP Coalition meeting will be held at noon Wednesday, May 11 at the Mingo County Board of Education.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)