Welcome and thank you for joining us for this important evening. Table 7 Greg Savel M.D. MEDICAL IMPLICATIONS OF DRUG & ALCOHOL ABUSE Alcohol is the most often used substance among middle and high school students according to Dr. Savel has been in practice for 20 years including the last three years where he “Monitoring the Future”, a national substance use survey annually administered by the University expanded his practice into the Oldsmar area. Dr. Savel speaks regularly to expectant of Michigan. According to the 2006 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, 56 percent of students mothers and members of the media; he focuses his message on helping parents raise surveyed used alcohol on at least one occasion in their lifetime. Early alcohol use is also associated healthy kids. Dr. Savel also participates in the Pinellas County Schools Great American with academic failure, school dropout, and an increased risk of alcohol abuse at later ages. The Teach In. World Health Organization reports that 1.8 million people die each year due to alcohol. Table 8 Mariana Leslie AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION SWAT STUDENTS Table 1 Mike Hargrave ENERGY DRINKS, What goes up. . . . . WORKING AGAINST TOBACCO Mr. Hargrave is a Prevention Specialist with the Pinellas County Schools Safe and Drug Free Schools’ Office. Mr. Hargrave is the author of “Bee Wize” a prevention program for Table 9 Shelby Hanna STUDENTS TEACH STUDENTS CIGARETTES ARE elementary students and has 20 years experience in the field of drug prevention. WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION Table 2 Kimberly Jowell TEENS & IMPAIRED DRIVING Table 10 Deb Krogh PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, Who’s in YOUR medicine cabinet? Ms. Jowell is the Executive Director for Suncoast Safety Council. Suncoast Safety Council Ms. Krogh is a Prevention Specialist with the Pinellas County Schools Safe and Drug serves as a resource for safety programs and education to reduce avoidable deaths and Free Schools’ Office. She will discuss the enormous increase in the use and abuse of injuries and is the sole provider of the Department of Highway Safety Motor Vehicles prescription drugs by teenagers. Debbie will share information on the three steps you DUI Program for Pinellas County seeing approximately 4,000 offenders per year. and other family members can take to ensure that your medications are not accessible to your children, and she will discuss how to dispel the myths about prescription drugs Table 3 Kelly Carter COMMON GRIEF REACTIONS IN ADOLESCENCE versus street drugs. Ms. Carter is a Counselor with The Hospice Child and Family Support Program. “Be the Difference” is a program for parents and teens. Renee Napier parent of Meagan Table 11 Officer John Cavaliere School Resource Officer Table 4 Renee Napier BE THE DIFFERENCE Officer Cavaliere is the School Recourse Officer at Countryside High School. Officer Cavaliere is a nineteen year veteran with the Clearwater Police Department; he will be Napier, who was tragically killed by a drunk driver, shares her story and inspires us to available for questions related to police and school issues. “be the difference”. Table 12 Shaeera Tariq Internet Safety Club, Palm Harbor University High Table 5 Gayle Morris, Ed.S. MESSAGES PARENTS & STUDENTS NEED TO HEAR School Ms. Morris is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She has worked in the Pinellas This club works to keep kids safe on the internet by presenting internet safety rules in a County School District since 1981. Her major focus is working with adolescents, school kid friendly way. This student lead club can help us all safeguard the online experiences staff, and parents in areas of prevention and practical intervention. of youth. Thomas Buonomo, LMHC, CAP Mr. Buonomo is a Florida Licensed Psychotherapist and a Board Certified Addiction Table 13 LIVE FREE! Club, East Lake High School Specialist. He is also Internationally Board Certified in Addictions. He has been in the Mental Health and Addictions fields since 1982 and has provided service in every addictions treatment modality. He currently operates a private practice specializing in Table 14 Polk County PRIDE TEAM the treatment of adolescents and families. The team reaches out to their peers, younger students, and the community through the vehicles of public speaking, drama, dance, and song combined with an effective and Table 6 Jerry Theophilopous, Esq. ALCOHOL, DRUGS, YOUR DRIVERS strong drug-free message. LICENSE & YOUR LIFE Jerry Theophilopoulos graduated Cum Laude from the University Of Miami School Of Law. He is a member of the Assoc. of Trial Lawyers of America, National Assoc. of Criminal For more information please contact the Pinellas Defense Lawyers, FL Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Assoc. County Schools, Safe and Drug Free Schools’ Office and the FL Justice Assoc. In 1999, he was awarded the Trial Attorney of the Year Award. at 727-588-6130 Drugs and Alcohol Open House format with multiple speakers starting every 20 minutes Countryside High School 3000 SR 580 This evening is a collaborative effort brought to you by; Countryside High School, Countryside High School PTSA, CHS Family & Community Relations, LIVE FREE!, StAR (Student Alcohol Clearwater FL Reduction Grant), and Pinellas County Schools Safe and Drug Free Schools Office. Tuesday, April 7, 2009 Funding provided by the Federal Grant to Reduce Alcohol Abuse. The School Board of Pinellas County, Florida, 7:00pm – 9:00pm prohibits any and all forms of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, religion, national Origin, marital status, sexual orientation or disability in any of its programs, services or activities.