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Emerging Drug Trends and the Epidemic Threat to our Educational Communities

Event Details

Start Date:  May 2, 2014
Start Time: 8:15 am
End Time: 3:15 pm
Phone: 814-472-3211

 Saint Francis University will offer a workshop entitled “Emerging Drug Trends and the Epidemic Threat to our Educational Communities.” The event is co-sponsored by UPMC Altoona. It will be held on the university’s Loretto campus on Friday, May 2, from 8:15 am until 3:15 pm.

Those attending the event who are eligible to receive five hours of continuing education credits include: Act 48 professionals, drug and alcohol professionals, licensed marriage and family therapists, NBCC counselors, and Pennsylvania social workers. The cost to attend is $50 and includes lunch.

Presentations at the workshop will help participants: identify and describe new psychoactive substances (NPS) and popularity among students; understand the effects, signs and symptoms of NPS use; describe treatment and prevention methods; identify the threat to educational environment; and identify the relationship of drug use to crime. Two key note speakers, Dr. Kenneth Dickinson and Detective Kevin J. Price, will present this information.

Dr. Dickinson, a nationally recognized lecturer, will be addressing the “why and how” of the rise in popularity of the new psychoactive substances. Dickinson, who was a counselor and prevention specialist, is currently director of marketing for Gaudenzia, Inc., the largest non-profit provider of addiction treatment services in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Additionally, he is the co-founder and board president of the Peer Assistance Programs.

Detective Kevin J. Price, member of the Safe Street Task Force, has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement. He has specialized training in illegal narcotics from federal, state, and local agencies. He is a member of several organizations including the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association and the Pennsylvania Narcotics Officers’ Association. Detective Price is a special deputized agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is also a graduate of “Top Gun” drug school and will discuss the popularity and availability of various street drugs.

For more information or to register, download the brochure or call 814-472-3211.

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