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Second drug summit scheduled Tuesday

Community effort to educate, inform

POSTED: February 23, 2014 12:05 a.m.

FORSYTH COUNTY — The second Forsyth County Drug Summit is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

Designed to inform parents and the community-at-large about drug use in the county, the free summit also promotes prevention programs and other resources for those who have a loved one abusing drugs or alcohol.

The first summit, which drew 500 people, was held in November after Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills and other community leaders began the Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council.

Mills said the council is a “task force of sorts” that encompasses law enforcement and the judicial system, as well as health care and school system workers, parents and business owners.

Among the topics to be addressed Tuesday are the types of drugs to which students are exposed, what can lead to drug use and signs that a loved one may be abusing.

In addition, information will be provided on resources that can those with substance abuse problems. Booths will be set up for additional resources and for private discussions after the presentation.

“Addiction is a disease,” Mills said. “… Whether you are trying to prevent your child from using or have a child that is using, you need to be at this event. Knowledge is power.”

The center is at 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd. For more information, go online at


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