Police Co-Host Prescription Drug Abuse Event during National Prevention Week


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News Release:/13/133/LHC
May 13, 2013

Police Co-Host Prescription Drug Abuse Event
during National Prevention Week

Tuesday, May 14, 11 a.m. Mason District Station

 

            Caitlin was just 12 when she took her first bottle of pills from her family medicine cabinet to school. What followed was a tragic picture of escalating drug use and abuse throughout her high school and early adult life. This former Fairfax County high school cheerleader is now in recovery and will share her story about what she’s seen and experienced here in Fairfax County involving the escalating crisis of prescription drug abuse and the heavy toll it is taking on youth and families.

            In recognition of National Prevention Week, the FCPD and the Unified Prevention Coalition are hosting a media event Tuesday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at the Mason District Police Station, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, 22003. The event highlights the upcoming Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout Week, May 27-June 1 and offers media a chance to access information on this important topic from a variety of disciplines.

Speakers include:

  • Caitlin Acosta, in recovery from prescription drug addiction
  • Sergeant James Cox, Fairfax County Police Department’s Organized Crime and Narcotics          
  • Amy Reif,health sector coordinator, Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County
  • Diane Eckert, executive director, Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County
  • George Young, senior clinician for National Counseling Group, Inc., board member of Unified     Prevention Coalition of Fairfax Coalition   

            Questions: Contact Lucy Caldwell, FCPD PIO at 703-246-3271 or Becky York, Unified Prevention Coalition at 202-494-8321



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