If you’re going
* What: Third Forsyth County Drug Summit
* When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
* Where: Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd.
* Cost: Free; everyone is welcome to attend
* For more information, go to http://forsythcountydrugawarenesscouncil.org/.
FORSYTH COUNTY — The third installment of a Forsyth County drug awareness program will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council, a group formed in 2013 by Commissioner Cindy J. Mills, will present its third Drug Summit at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.
About 550 people attended the first summit, which was held in November, and about 400 came to the second in February.
Mills said she believed the slight decline in attendance may have been due to people thinking the same information was going to be presented.
“A lot of people had a misconception that if you went to the first one there was nothing else to hear,” she said, “but each summit is totally different. We want to bring new information to the public.
“We’ve got some exciting things that we’re going to be talking about this time.”
Among those, Mills said, will be a peek for parents into a “mock teenage bedroom” as a way of helping them know what and where to look for drugs or drug-related items.
“The sheriff’s office is doing that and they’ll have a table like they did at the last summit with some different drugs and drug paraphernalia,” Mills said.
“This will also be the first summit where we’ll actually have a mother, a son and an interventionist. This is a local family talking about how drugs have affected their lives, from each of their perspective.”
Also at the summit, Northside Hospital-Forsyth will present a secure drop box, which will be permanently housed at Central Park. Residents can dispose of unused prescription drugs there.
Mills said the sheriff’s office will also be announcing a new program with the school system that will help raise drug awareness among elementary school students.
The commissioner said she’s excited to see the local drug awareness council grow and develop more partnerships.
“I’m really happy that I’m getting more and more people contacting me, wanting to know how they can help, how they can be a part of it,” she said.
“So many parents are unaware until it’s almost too late … and if they could have just put up roadblocks that might could have helped. We want to give parents and our entire community the tools to be able to do that.”