Illicit drug use and sales are a growing threat to the public health and safety of all Marathon County residents. Over the past three years, our community has been attacked by old and new drug threats. Heroin, prescription drugs, synthetic drugs, methamphetamines and others are hooking our families, friends and neighbors.
We know that law enforcement is one part of the solution, but prevention and treatment also are critical to respond to this epidemic.
The Marathon County Public Library and the Marathon County Alcohol & Other Drug Partnership will host an educational series of programs as part of the Pushback Against Drug Abuse campaign. We hope not only to raise awareness of the scope of the problem but also demonstrate how each and every one of us plays a part in the solution.
Educational sessions will be offered twice a week for four weeks in October at the Marathon County Public Library Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau, in the third-floor Wausau Room. To allow flexibility in scheduling, interested parties can attend either the daytime or evening sessions on a given week.
Session 1 - What's Hot Now? - Current drug trends that are impacting our teens and adults in Marathon County. It will be offered 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 8 and noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9.
Session 2 - I Think We Have a Problem! - How to identify if someone is using or dealing drugs, as well as steps to take to intervene. It will be offered 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 15 and noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 16.
Session 3 - The 'A' Word, Now What? - The power of addiction, relapse and local treatment options. It will be offered 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 22 and noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 23.
Session 4 - It Takes a Village! - Find out how you can help. All levels of the community play a role in prevention, treatment, enforcement and recovery to address this growing epidemic. This session will be offered 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 and noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 30.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided at all sessions.
For more information about the training sessions, call 715-261-7234. To learn more about the Pushback Against Drug Abuse campaign, visit www.pushbackdrugs.com. Mark your calendars and come join us in the fight to save our community.