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Parents, Educators and Community Invited to “Get SAVVY” about Youth Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention

April 23, 2013

News Release Contact:

Maureen Haney - (804) 325-8468
Email: pubrel@abc.virginia.gov

Parents, Educators and Community Invited to “Get SAVVY” about Youth Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention

  • Parents, educators and community groups invited to third SAVVY Expo on April 27 at CNU.
  • Join 26 exhibitors to learn about the substances children are exposed to.

Benzos, Spice, Ivory Wave, Red Dove, K-3, Z-Bar, Beans…it’s hard to talk to your kids about substance abuse…it’s even harder if you don’t speak the language. The Substance Abuse Awareness Vital for Virginia Youth (SAVVY) Initiative wants to help parents, educators and community groups “get SAVVY” about youth substance abuse at the third SAVVY Expo on Saturday, April 27 at Christopher Newport University (CNU).

Designed to raise awareness and spotlight prevention strategies, this free event will feature displays on bath salts, synthetic cannabinoids, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, alcohol, inhalants and other commonly-abused substances. The 26 organizations exhibiting at the expo will provide information about the old and new substances children are exposed to in their communities. Attendees will leave equipped with a plan to discuss substance abuse prevention with young people.

Parents, educators and community groups are encouraged to take this unique opportunity to network with health and public safety agencies, PTAs and schools, law enforcement, youth advocates and others. Attendees can “get SAVVY” about prevention strategies and recent trends in youth substance abuse; review available programs and resources and test their SAVVY IQ!

What: Eastern Region SAVVY Expo
When: Saturday, April 27, 2013
10 a.m.-noon
Where: Christopher Newport University - David Student Union Ballroom
1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, VA 23606

 
For additional information see http://www.facebook.com/savvyva or contact ABC Education Coordinator Jennifer Farinholt at jennifer.farinholt@abc.virginia.gov. Pre-registration is not necessary however RSVPs are helpful for planning purposes.

2013
  • Parents, Educators and Community Invited to “Get SAVVY” about Youth Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention