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Posted on: May 25, 2017

Freeholder Linda Hughes Announces FREE Substance Abuse Education Programs

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Burlington County Freeholder Linda Hughes announced today that as part of the drug addiction task force the County, in partnership with the Burlington City Municipal Alliance and Maple Shade Municipal Alliance, will be offering FREE substance abuse education programs to residents.

“This program offers an important overview of the most up-to-date information available on adolescent behavioral trends, focusing on the two primary issues facing parents and professionals today, opiates and marijuana extractions,” said Freeholder Linda Hughes. “Residents will have the opportunity to learn about these two high-risk behaviors, and how they are drastically changing the risks facing our families.”

The free program will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Burlington County Human Services Facility located at 795 Woodlane Road in Westampton.

Additional topics that will be addressed in the program include:

  • Why is Fentanyl so dangerous?
  • Are those who use these products at greater risk than in the past, and if so why?
  • What are Budder, Shatter, Dab, Flakka and the Deep Web?
  • How are people becoming addicted to opiates and what are the risks?
  • What is Narcan and can it actually protect someone from an overdose?

Also included in the program will be "Hidden in Plain Sight" which is an interactive substance abuse awareness presentation. Learn what may be hidden in your teen’s bedroom that may be indicators of dangerous or high-risk behavior.

“Attendees will be guided through a mock bedroom to explain various substance abuse trends, signs, symptoms and lingo,” explained Freeholder Hughes. “The purpose of this interactive program is to educate parents on where and how their kids may be hiding drug or alcohol use.”

“This is part of our initiative to bring awareness to parents and it is our hope that through education we can prevent drug abuse and get those struggling with addiction the help they need,” concluded Hughes. “Education and awareness is critical to addressing the drug epidemic.”

Current Trends Opiates & Marijuana Extractions and Hidden in Plain Sight are provided through a grant from the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Department of Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health & Youth Services.

For additional information please call (609) 387-5226.

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