Latest News – January 28

Substance Use, Abuse Education on Friday, Jan. 29

During last week’s special work session with the Town of Saguache Trustees, the conversation turned to what many residents perceived to be an increase in drug use in the San Luis Valley. To that end, it was Trustee Luana Lovato who brought to attendees’ attention tomorrow’s Family Outreach Conference: Family Education About Substance Use – more information below.Full Length Studio Portrait Of Five Teenage Friends 

Also in attendance at last Thursday’s meeting was Ellen Cox, the victims advocate coordinator with the Saguache County Sheriff’s Department, who spoke about the resources that she has available. As part of her job, Cox works with victims of crimes. In fact, often times officers in the field who encounter drug-related crimes and victims utilize Cox’s arsenal of resources to help families and individuals affected by drug or alcohol use in the Valley.

“Please use us; we are here for you,” Cox stated at the January 21 meeting. She encouraged families and residents to keep the conversation open and to continue to ask questions about the ever-changing landscape, terms and language when it comes to substance abuse.

Friday, January 29: Family Outreach Conference

 If you, a family member, or a friend are struggling with drug or alcohol use, you are invited to attend the Family Outreach Conference: Family Education About Substance Use. The conference is FREE and lunch will be provided! The conference includes educational sessions, panel discussions and several information booths.

Breakout Training Topics Include:

  • about Naloxone (know as the “overdose drug”)
  • the effects of substance use on families
  • information about the new methadone clinic
  • about Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction (needle exchange)
  • fetal alcohol syndrome
  • the effects of substances on parents and children

Family_Outreach_ConferenceIf you or someone you know is affected by these issues, plan to attend: Friday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Ski Hi Complex, 2335 Sherman Ave. in Monte Vista.

For more information contact Ruth 719-239-1583. This conference is sponsored by the San Luis  Valley Neonatal Substance Exposure Task Force.



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