NEWS & MEDIA

Southeastern Counseling Center to host seminar on recognizing underground drug activity

 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 


 

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Counseling Center, in conjunction with the Tangipahoa Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change Coalition (TRACC), will host a seminar on recognizing the signs of underground drug activity in area communities. Scheduled March 6 in the Student Union Ballroom, the free seminar will take place in two sessions from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and then from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
     Internationally renowned drug and alcohol expert Jermaine Galloway, also known as “The Tall Cop,” will train local law enforcement officials and Southeastern faculty, staff and students, said University Counseling Assistant Director Annette Baldwin. Galloway will share his experience and knowledge about the world of the drug subculture through his program “High in Plain Sight.”
     “Those taking part in the training will see first-hand examples of drug-related apparel, complete with stash compartments, marijuana edibles of all kinds and physical and emotional indicators of drug use,” said Baldwin. “Officer Galloway’s program ‘Tall Cop Says Stop,’ was created from his more than 15 years of experience specializing in underage drinking and drug enforcement as an Idaho law enforcement officer.”
     Baldwin said the seminar is designed for parents, educators and school administration, prevention and treatment providers, law enforcement, counselors, probations officers and coalition members.
     Topics to be covered include alcohol and drug clothing, signs and symptoms, alcoholic energy drinks and alcopops, non-traditional alcoholic beverages, synthetic drugs, including opioids, popular party drugs, e-cigarettes, inhalants, concentrates, and over the counter drugs.
     Baldwin said attendees will also learn about alcohol/drug containers and concealment methods, drug paraphernalia, drug-related music and groups, new alcohol/drug-related technology, youth party tendencies, party games, and social networking sites.
     “We are glad to partner with TRACC on this project,” Baldwin said. “The university has had representation on the TRACC Coalition for the past ten years. The coalition is working to improve the safety and quality of life for the citizens of Tangipahoa Parish by recognizing substance abuse as a serious social and public health issue and addressing the dangers and risks to our youth.”
     The workshop features more than 120 visual aids, Baldwin added. As part of the seminar, Galloway will conduct a “community scan,” that involves visiting convenience stores and other retail locations to maintain up-to-date knowledge of the local drug culture.
     Although the workshop is free, registration is required through Tangipahoa Parish Prevention Safety Coordinator Taylor Addison at taddison@tangipahoa.org.
     For more information, contact Baldwin at (985) 549-3894 or go to www.tallcopsaysstop.com.




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