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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 23, 2009
Kathy Raettig, Program Manager-Parent Education, TOGETHER! 360-493-2230 ext. 16

Public Seminar in Thurston County Regarding Addicted Youth

​OLYMPIA -- Dr. Dennis Embry, a nationally recognized researcher and workshop presenter, will talk on the topic of "Strategies for Preventing Addiction: Saving Our Future" on December 5th. The workshop will be especially valuable for childcare workers and educators, and all those who work for and with children. Participants in the training will develop an awareness of how meth addiction and prescription drug abuse affects children and families, and learn evidence-based strategies that have been shown to make a positive impact on these problems. Dr. Embry's work on health, safety, substance abuse, violence and mental illness among children has been featured in national media. He is also the author of more than 40 books and training materials for science—based prevention of children's injuries, parenting and family difficulties, violence, substance abuse and mental health and on positive youth and child development. Dr Embry's work provides "powerful, proven and practical solutions."  His workshop will demonstrate how these solutions can be implemented and these ideas can help "not just individuals, but the whole community" for the future.


• Effects of meth and prescription drug abuse on children and families

• Proven strategies that work to help individuals and communities

• Low-cost "evidence-based kernels" and "behavioral vaccines"

• Blending cultural wisdom and rigorous science

The training will take place Saturday, December 5, 2009 at the Capital Christian Center (the old Lacey Cinemas), 4431 Martin Way E, Olympia, Washington from 8:30am – 3:30pm with lunch included. Workshop and lunch are $8 per person. Those interested must register by December1st .  The flyer and registration form are available online at

http://www.thurstontogether.org/events/events.html or by calling 360-493-2230 ext.16.

Sponsors include Thurston County , TOGETHER, Thurston County Meth Action Team, Child Care Action Council, Family Education and Support Services, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, and the state Attorney General's Office.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3