Probably everyone in America would agree that drug usage is widespread in our country.  When the subject of drug usage comes up, most of us may only be considering illicit drugs.  However, further consideration leads us to see that there is a huge part of our society also using prescription and over-the-counter drugs.  The use of substances, legal and illegal, has become pervasive in all aspects of our society.  As with just about anything from edible items to credit card usage to substances, the possibility of abusing something is very real.  Today we see people dependent upon illegal drugs, prescription drugs and also over-the-counter drugs.  On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, the Student Support & Referral Team (SSRT) is sponsoring three programs concerned with all of these.

“The Dangers & Consequences of Substance Use & Abuse” is the topic of a program that will be offered from 12:30 to 2 PM in the Community Room in South Hall at the West Campus.  Dickie Noles, former major league pitcher and presently the Employee Assistance Professional for the Philadelphia Phillies will be the speaker.  Later in the afternoon, Mr. Noles will meet with the Faculty at the West Campus to discuss recognizing the warning signs of substance use.  By being aware of the signs, we can be better prepared to refer students for help.

From 7 to 9 PM on the evening of February 5, a panel discussion entitled, “An Open Discussion of Substance Use & Abuse”,  will be held in the Community Room.  Open to the public, the participants on the panel will be Mr. Noles, Beth Folks, Clinical Coordinator at Eagleville Hospital, SGT Michael Markovich, Detective with the Pottstown Police Department, and Robert Frankil, Registered Pharmacist.  Mr. Frankil is the owner of both Skippack and Sellersville Pharmacies.

The programs are free.  Registration for the evening program will begin at 6:30 PM on February 5, 2013.  South Hall is located at 101 College Drive in Pottstown, PA.  For more information or to register ahead of time, please contact Michael Ondo, Counselor, at mondo@mc3.edu.

We hope you willl be able to attend this most informative evening.  please bring a friend and share this information with whomever you feel would benefit.

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