Northeastern Arizona Anti-Drug Summit opens online registration

PINETOP-LAKESIDE, Ariz. - Plans for the second Northeastern Arizona Anti-Drug Summit is gaining momentum as online registration opens and the keynote speaker is named. Several agencies have come on board with Pinetop-Lakeside Alliance Against Drugs (PLAAD) and Navajo County Coalition Against Drug Abuse (NCCADA) to support the event, set for Sept. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Northland Pioneer College Silver Creek Campus in Snowflake.

The town of Pinetop -Lakeside, Navajo County Board of Supervisors and Navajo County Major Crimes Apprehension Team (MCAT) have each pledged $500 to the conference so attendees may participate for free. National Bank of Arizona in Snowflake-Taylor will sponsor breakfast and a coffee break while Silver Creek Roadway Inn is hosting visiting speakers overnight.

Bill Suedemeyer will deliver the keynote address, sharing his success with founding the Prescott Valley Youth Chamber - offering activity opportunities to youth and encouraging their volunteer service learning. This award-winning program is a prototype that can change youth from restless and at risk into productive and involved citizens.

Sean Walsh, director of outpatient services for the Calvary Addiction Recovery Center, will address the growing abuse of prescription drugs in Arizona and America. Working in the substance abuse field for 12 years, Walsh specializes in treating adolescents and young adults.

Representatives of area communities who participated in last year's summit were charged with taking solutions back to their respective communities for implementation.

Successes will be shared with conference-goers, by PLAAD and representatives from Mogollon High School and Snowflake-Taylor Junior High. Participants will again have an opportunity to meet with their community members to work toward projects and coalition-building in their own backyards.

Hosted by Pinetop-Lakeside Town Councilman and PLAAD Chairman Dave Clark, Barbara Bruce again will emcee the event and Chuck Palm of Pima Prevention Partnership, Inc. of Tucson will facilitate the breakouts.

For more information, call the Navajo County Anti-Drug Coalition at (928) 358-1645, or e-mail navcoantimeth@gmail.com. Online registration and additional information is also available at www.navajocountydrugproject.com.

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