News Release - 28th Annual Substance Abuse Awareness Week Conference
Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 836
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Laura Yager, Director, Prevention, Resource Development & Community Relations
703-934-8774, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-7092
October 9, 2009
28th Annual Substance Abuse Awareness Week Conference
Workshops Open to the Public
In a continuing effort to promote programs designed to reduce substance abuse, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB), in collaboration with many partner organizations and community groups, is sponsoring “Substance Abuse Awareness Week” from October 19 through 24, 2009.
The annual observance, with the theme, “Together We Learn, Together We Succeed,” brings together individuals, community groups, private and public service providers, schools, advocacy groups and professional organizations to promote and sustain ongoing recovery and healthier communities.
Free activities for the general public during the week at locations throughout the County include poster contests and “Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout”, designed to raise awareness on how to appropriately monitor, secure, and dispose of unused and/or expired medication
For more information and to register for activities, please visit: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb.
The week’s activities will culminate on Friday, October 23, with a full day conference in the Fairfax County Government Center which will include 17 workshops from “Inhalants – They’re Right Under Your Nose” to “Affected by Trauma: Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Issues.”
The keynote speakers at the conference will be Nancy J. Kennedy, Dr.P.H., Senior Public Health Advisor, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and William H. Williams, Director, Alcohol and Drug Services.
Reflecting on 28 years of sharing the event with the residents and service providers in the Fairfax-Falls Church and D.C. metropolitan area, William H. Williams, Director, CSB Alcohol and Drug Services, said, “Our work is made more challenging by these tough times, but it has never been more important to bring together the tremendous resources in our community to maintain and strengthen services and commitment to all who are impacted by substance abuse.”
In the United States, as many as 22 million people are classified with substance abuse, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Six out of ten persons with a substance abuse disorder are also diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder such as an eating disorder, depression, or other emotional disorder.
For additional information on the week’s activities or the conference, please call the CSB Prevention Services office, 703-934-5477, TTY 711. To request this information in an alternate format, call the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, 703-324-7027, TTY 711.