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Opioid and E-cigarette Community Awareness Forum April 17

April 4, 2019
            The public is invited to attend a free community forum on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. on “Opioid and E-cigarette Awareness” in the Grafton High School Auditorium, 403 Grafton Drive, Yorktown.
            William Shackleford, Hampton Roads Community Outreach Coordinator for the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, will open with a presentation about the rise of teenage opioid and heroin use.  Following Mr. Shackleford, the Sheriff’s Office will address the national upsurge in teenage use of e-cigarettes and the effects of vaping here in York County.  A question and answer session follows the presentations. 
              The meeting agenda includes the showing of a short segment from the documentary “Heroin, the Hardest Hit.”  In response to a heroin and prescription drug epidemic that claimed more lives in Virginia in 2014 than car crashes, Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s office produced and is showing this powerful film about the danger of heroin and prescription drugs and their impact on Virginia families and communities.
            Immediately following the forum, visitors may visit the cafeteria where informational tables and staff will be available from local youth related agencies to speak about their programs and provide additional information. 
            York-Poquoson Sheriff Danny Diggs urges parents and students to attend this forum, stating “Most of us believe that York County is a great place to live.  But as in other communities, our youth are not immune from the dangers of substance abuse.  Statistically it happens less here, but it does happen, and any amount is just too costly when it comes to the health and well-being of our youth.  We hope parents and their teens will join us April 17 in learning and doing all we can together to help prevent future heartaches and tragedies.” 
            This event is sponsored locally by the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, York County Youth Commission, York County Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA), York County Psychological Substance Abuse Services (PSAS), Historic Triangle Drug Prevention Coalition (HTDPC), and Back Street Youth and Family Services. 
            For more information about this program, please call York County Parks and Recreation at (757) 890-3500.

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