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Learn to recognize and prevent meth addiction

South Whidbey School District’s Learning and Community Engagement Program, or LACEP, will offer free training to district staff and community members about methamphetamine use in a class that starts next week. The program comes in response to requests for more information about current issues and trends impacting use and prevention in South Whidbey schools and community.

Teacher clock hours will be available through ESD 189.

Pre-registration for this class is required. To register, or obtain further information, contact Susie Richards, LACEP Program Director at srichards@sw.wednet.edu or call 221-6198, ext. 3115

The class, Prevention Theories Signs, Symptoms and Science of Substance Abuse and Prevention in Island County will be held from 3:45 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the South Whidbey High School Library.

The instructors are Holly Jones, director Seeds of Change/Community Mobilization Coalition Program counselors Debby Elwell, Sarri Gilman and Carol Lambias, LACEP Project Success.

The class will begin with an overview and focus on the use and issues around “crystal meth” on South Whidbey. County experts from the Island County Meth Action Team will provide information on the signs and symptoms, use, manufacturing and trends on the island around meth. The class will move into prevention theory, looking at the Hawkins and Catalano Risk and Protective Factors, and examining what local schools are currently doing to promote protective factors and how we can continue to strengthen protective factors in our schools and community.

A panel of local youth, law enforcement, juvenile justice personnel, youth probation officers and prevention experts will engage in a question and answer session and interactive discussion period.

LACEP is a program of the South Whidbey School District that serves as a gateway to learning and community connection for youth. Seeds of Change works to build community connections promote healthy relationships; create new pathways to change, and share the knowledge and skills necessary to decrease substance abuse by youth and adults on South Whidbey and throughout Island County.

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