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Save the Date to Get “SAVVY” and Promote Youth Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention

August 20, 2013

News Release Contact:

Valerie Hubbard - (804) 204-2327
Email: pubrel@abc.virginia.gov

Save the Date to Get “SAVVY” and Promote Youth Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention

  • Parents and community groups invited to fourth SAVVY Expo on September 18 in Abingdon.
  • Join 20 plus 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 fourth SAVVY Expo

Governor Bob McDonnell’s prevention initiative is designed to help parents, educators, and youth advocates teach children about the dangers of substance abuse. At the SAVVY Expo more than 20 exhibitors will share current trends and prevention programs spotlighting: bath salts, synthetic cannabinoids, prescription and over-the-counter medicines, alcohol, inhalants, and other commonly-abused substances.

The Secretaries of Education, Public Safety and Health and Human Resources launched the SAVVY initiative in November 2012 with successful networking events in Central, Northern and Eastern Virginia. Now expo planners are requesting parents, and other interested parties, “save the date” to attend the fourth expo at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

Western Region SAVVY Expo details:
Wednesday- September 18, 2013
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
One Partnership Circle
Abingdon, VA 24210

Attend the event to: hear about prevention strategies and recent trends in youth substance abuse; review available programs and resources; network with area representatives and test your SAVVY IQ!

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.

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  • Save the Date to Get “SAVVY” and Promote Youth Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention