Substance abuse and how it is affecting our community to be discussed at the next Community Night – Tuesday January 15th @ 7:00 PM @ MPH

Substance abuse and how it is affecting our community

to be discussed at  the next Community Night

Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School (MPH), Rim Family Services, the Rim Youth Prevention Leadership Coalition, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department have partnered to bring a series of “Community Nights” to the mountain area. Each night will cover a topic of local concern in order to raise community awareness and enable the community to work together to address these issues. The third Community Night in the series will be held Tuesday, January 15, at 7:00 p.m. at MPH. The topic of discussion will be substance abuse trends and how they affect all of us.

The whole mountain community is invited to come and hear this important presentation by San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff, Frank Navarro; Rim Family Services’ Teen Counselor, Rica Gilbert; and Drug Prevention Specialist/Counselor, Colleen Myers. A panel of experts, including local law enforcement and school administration, will be in attendance for a question and answer session.

The community will hear about specific drugs that are popular with youth, including synthetic drugs such as Spice; the importance of reducing youth access to alcohol; signs and symptoms of drug use and how to protect children.

Additional Community Nights covering topics such as internet safety and safeguarding youth are scheduled for March 5 and May 14, 2013. These meetings, all conducted on Tuesday nights, will be held in the cafeteria of MPH at 7:00 p.m. Plans are underway to continue Community Nights in the fall to address issues such as suicide prevention and human trafficking. Refreshments at the January 15 meeting will be provided by Lake Arrowhead Community Presbyterian Church. MPH is located at 730 Rhine Road in Lake Arrowhead. Please note that these meetings will be postponed if the Rim of the World School District calls a snow day. For more information, please call Colleen Myers at Rim Family Services at (909) 336-1800.

Contact Information: Colleen Myers, Rim Family Services: (909) 336-1800