CSU, Chico News

Community Forum to Discuss Prescription Drug Abuse

Date: 02-24-2010

Brittany Hopkins
Public Affairs Intern

The Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center (CADEC) at California State University, Chico will hold the Prescription Drug Use Forum from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 3 in BMU 210. Shauna Quinn, program manager for CADEC said the forum was organized in response to an increased number of young people using prescription drugs regularly.

“The recreational use of prescription drugs quickly turns into addictive use, and addiction to prescription drugs is very dangerous and deadly,” Quinn said.

Attendees will learn about the various aspects of the prescription drug abuse problem in the community. They will also be provided with tools for driving positive change and helping those who are involved in prescription drug abuse.

Community members, students, parents and those who know someone abusing prescription drugs are encouraged to attend this forum, Quinn said.

Guest speakers from the community will tackle the different facets of the problem. Mike Ramsey, Butte County district attorney, will address the laws regarding illegal possession and use of prescription drugs. Sgt. Rob Merrifield of the Chico Police Department will discuss the recent deaths of CSU, Chico students caused by legal and illegal prescription drug use. A slideshow demonstrating the effects of prescription drug abuse on the brain will be presented by Helen Harberts, Butte County assistant district attorney. Dave Burke of Skyway House, the local recovery center, will discuss programs available to young people addicted to opiates, and two CSU, Chico students in recovery from opiate addiction will address their struggles and their journeys to overcome addiction.

CADEC, established in 1988, aims to prevent substance abuse at California State University, Chico. The program hosts educational programs and social events that raise campus awareness about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.

For more information about this forum, contact CADEC at 503-898-6450.