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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 29, 2004
John Tennis, Public Information Program Manager, 360-709-3073
Kathy Raettig, TOGETHER! 360-493-2230 Ext. 16

Child Endangerment Expert To Speak At Lacey Seminar

OLYMPIA – A nationally known expert on drug-endangered children will speak at a special seminar next week.  Susan Webber Brown will discuss what happens to children who live in homes where illegal drugs are used by parents or guardians.  She will also present information on the impacts on kids who live in homes where clandestine drug labs are in operation.  Ms. Brown travels the United States delivering information on the subject.  She is an investigator for the Butte County, California District Attorney's Office.  She was the first person in California to set up a Drug Endangered Children Program and is a leading proponent of such programs.  

The Thurston County Methamphetamine Coalition and the anti-substance abuse, anti-violence organization TOGETHER! are sponsoring Ms. Brown's appearance.  The free, day long, seminar is aimed primarily at individuals who work in law enforcement, fire, medical services, social services or any discipline where they may interact with children who may be threatened by the impacts of drug manufacture and use.  Coalition member John Tennis says the idea is to make more people aware of the situations that some children are in.  "We have been fighting the battle against methamphetamine intensely for several years now and this is an extension of that work.  We have been a statewide leader in connecting these unfortunate children with various kinds of assistance and if we broaden the web of folks who are involved, then maybe we can reach even more kids."  

The Street Enforcement Team of the Thurston County Sheriff's Office will open the seminar in the morning with a discussion of their efforts to crack down on clandestine drug labs and the manufacture, sale and use of such drugs.  In the afternoon, attendees will hear an extensive presentation from Ms. Brown.

Seating is limited, so those who wish to attend must contact TOGETHER! for reservations.  The seminar runs from 9AM to 4:30 on Friday, May 7th at the Lacey Community Center on Pacific Avenue.  Please call Kathy Raettig at 360-493-2230 Ext. 16 to reserve a seat.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3