Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Cobb County Continues Campaign For Alcohol and Drug Awareness

Fall 2003 marks the fourth year that PeachStar and Georgia Public Broadcasting has partnered with the Cobb State Court Judges Council to bring the message of alcohol and drug abstinence to students across Georgia. The Cobb County Alcohol and Drug Awareness Conference, a biannual conference broadcast live from a different Cobb County school each year, seeks to educate Georgia middle and high school students about the dangers of drug and alcohol use through a variety of approaches.

The fall event, to be held at Wheeler High school in Marietta from 9 AM-2:30 PM on Friday, October 31, will feature the following presentations:

* Motivational Speaker Randy Haveson
* Inmate Forum - This portion of the program will allow students across the state to ask questions of currently serving inmates online at www.cobbcounty.org/adad. The inmates will discuss how drugs and alcohols contributed to the behaviors that led them to prison
* Juvenile Court Forum - Members of the Juvenile Court System will discuss gang awareness
* Drug Dog Presentation - A specially trained dog from the K-9 division will demonstrate the way police use drug dogs to locate illegal narcotics
* Super's Corner - Cobb County Superintendent Joseph Redden will look at the role of the county's Public Safety Department, "Campus Police," in relation to alcohol and drug awareness
* Public Safety Exhibits - Exhibits will address such topics as public safety special operations, including STEP, COPS and DUI Task Force Units
* Legal Consequence Forum - Representatives from the criminal justice system will be on hand to answer questions in a roundtable format

Tune in to PeachStar's Channel 420 on October 31 to see the program live! For more information, visit the program website at www.cobbcounty.org/adad.