In order to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, Senator Walters will hold two town hall meetings on the subject in June. More people die from abusing over–the–counter and prescription drugs than from heroin, cocaine and ecstasy combined. The town halls will feature local experts from the law enforcement and medical communities who know first–hand how devastating this problem is to Orange County communities no matter what economic strata. Parents, community leaders, and others interested in educating themselves on this pervasive problem and searching for solutions are encouraged to attend these free events.
According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic levels across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also classifies prescription drug abuse as an epidemic and the nation’s fastest–growing drug problem. Orange County has more drug rehab centers per capita than any other county in the country.
Town Hall Dates, Times, and Locations:
- Thursday, June 6th, KIA Motors America community room, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
111 Peters Canyon Road, Irvine, CA 92606
- Confirmed speakers: Jamison Monroe, Jr., CEO of Newport Academy Teen Treatment Center; Blanca Trevino–Scatterday, MD, Chief of Addiction Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Orange County; Kevin Barnard, Treasurer of California Chapter of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators; and Irvine Police Detective Mark Andreozzi.
- Thursday, June 13th, Estancia High School Preforming Arts Theater, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
2323 Placentia Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
- Confirmed Speakers: Dr. Valeh Karimkhani, Chief of Psychiatry Consult Liaison Services at Hoag Hospital and an Army Reserve Major; Orange County Superior Court Judge John S. Adams; Todd Newton, MD, Physician Director Emergency Department at Kaiser Permanente Orange County; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Mark Nomady; and Kevin Barnard, Treasurer of California Chapter of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators.
Please RSVP for either of these events by calling (949) 223–5037. Or click here to register online. Be sure to choose which event you plan to attend using the “Select an Issue” drop down menu.