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Monday, October 18, 2010

Community Forum on Alcohol and Drug Awareness

"The Red Ribbon A'Faire"

What: 3rd Annual Community Forum on Alcohol and Drug Awareness

When: Saturday, October 23, 2010, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: 2428 E. Main St. (Hwy 78, Old City Hall bldg now called Heritage Hall, Bldg
H on Snellville United Methodist Church's Campus), Snellville, GA

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Open-Air Red Ribbon Fun Activities:
  • B-SHOC Christian Rock Band -Town Dressed in Red -Mayor Proclamation
  • On-site Red Fire truck
  • K-9 "Bart" Drug Dog Demonstration
  • Fatal Vision Goggles-Coloring Sheet Contests -Face Painting -Chair Massage
  • Hot Dogs & Soft Drink Concessions

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Educational Speakers and Panel Session

"Addiction is a Brain Disease" - Session One - Merrill A. Norton, Pharm.
D., D.Ph., ICCDP-D, Clinical Associate

Professor, University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, presents America's #1
health problem that is preventable and treatable; that changes in biology,
if untreated can last a takes time but the brain can recover.

"Prevention is the Key" - Session Two - Mary-Kate Murray, MPA, Certified
Prevention Professional and Director of Youth Leadership and Engagement at
GUIDE, Inc. shares how changes in attitude lead to changes in high risk
behavior and community health, safety, and wellness

"Addiction Treatment Works" - Session Three - JJ Bremner, CAC II, CCS,
Director of Recovery Services at The Extension shares how a focused
commitment to long term recovered health can reduce drug use, crime, and

"Breaking the Barriers of Despair & Disparity...Mobilize and Equip"- Session
Four - Neil Kaltenecker, Executive Director of The Georgia Council on
Substance Abuse provides insight on how trauma, justice and health reform
impacts treatment and long term recovery.

"Panel of Speakers" - Session Five - with Moderator Rick Badie, AJC
Columnist and Obits Writer

Coming up on its 25th anniversary, the red ribbon now symbolizes a continuing commitment to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in our communities. In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent
Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after Camarena's death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, Calif. began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988.

For more information about Red Ribbon A'Faire contact:
Shaysha at, Sherrie at,
Tim at or Ella Collier, Health and Wholeness, Snellville United Methodist Church, 2428 E. Main Street, Snellville, GA 30078 or visit www.snellvilleumc/

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