DCP/SAFE assembly addresses drug abuse prevention

DeKALB – The public is invited to learn about substance abuse prevention efforts in DeKalb County at the DeKalb County Partnership for a Substance Abuse Free Environment (DCP/SAFE) Coalition’s 24th annual assembly, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hopkins Park Terrace Room in DeKalb. A $15 registration fee includes both breakfast and lunch.

Developed in 1990, the DCP/SAFE Coalition is a volunteer group of community members dedicated to reducing drug and alcohol use and promoting healthy lifestyles, especially in youth. Under the direction of the Ben Gordon Center Prevention and Education Program and the DCP/SAFE Coalition steering committee, prevention efforts reach all corners of DeKalb County and involve citizens of all ages.

This year’s assembly will feature Debbie Bockstahler as the guest speaker. In July 2012, Bockstahler’s 28-year-old son died from a heroin overdose. Since then, Bockstahler has committed herself to bringing awareness to the raging epidemic of heroin overdose. Due to her own loss, Bockstahler started a movement via Facebook titled “Drug Awareness: A Mother’s Cry.” Families across the nation who have lost loved ones to addiction have sent her a tremendous number of photos and other art and have praised her efforts to raise awareness of substance abuse. Bockstahler’s mission is to reveal how deadly substance abuse is and to never have another parent deal with the loss of a child.

For more information or to register for the assembly, call 815-756-8501 or email Registration deadline is Sept. 25.

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