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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Kathy Raettig, 360-493-2230 Ext. 16

Substance Abuse the Subject of a Five County Conference

OLYMPIA – Officials from a five-county Southwest Washington area are invited to a one-day conference next month, to discuss substance abuse related issues. The free conference is called, “Drug Abuse in our Area- Meth and More” and is sponsored by the Thurston County Meth Action Team, TOGETHER! and the Washington State Methamphetamine Initiative. It is aimed at Law Enforcement, Treatment, Social Services, Education and Health professionals.

Highlights of the conference include-
  • Law Enforcement and Prosecution officials from Thurston, Lewis, Pacific, Mason and Grays Harbor Counties discussing “What is happening now”
  • Steve Freng from the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program on “Prescription Drug Abuse and overall view”
  • A presentation on Drug Courts.
  • A Health Professionals panel – “What are we seeing in hospital emergency rooms and what we are doing.”

  • What- A free conference on substance abuse challenges in our area with lunch provided.
  • When- Thursday, April 22nd from 9:30am to 3:30pm
  • Where- Great Wolf Lodge, 20500 Old Highway 99 SW, Grand Mound, Washington

For more information or to register to attend, please contact- Kathy Raettig at TOGETHER,360-493-2230 Ext. 16, or kraettig@thurstonTOGETHER.org

Area residents who need more information on substance abuse issues can visit Thurston County meth-related pages at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/meth/ or the pages at Thurston County Public Health and Social Services at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/sscd/index.html

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3