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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 1999

Hope Taft opens Wright State
workshop on Drugs and Youth

DAYTON, OHIO -- Ohio First Lady Hope Taft will open a day-long workshop on "Drugs and Youth: A Community Responds" at Wright State University on Tuesday, June 15.

During 25 years of voluntary public service, Taft has become a well-known advocate for drug and alcohol prevention, especially among youth. "Drugs and Youth" runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Wright State's Student Union Multipurpose Room. Open to all substance abuse and counseling professionals, the workshop is free but seating is limited. For more information, contact Phyllis Cole at 937/775-3050.

The workshop's keynote speaker will be Richard Catalano, Ph.D., professor and associate director of the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington's School of Social Work in Seattle. Catalano has developed an approach to drug prevention known as the "Communities that Care" strategy.

"Preventive efforts often have failed because they were based on models of adolescent problem behaviors that were inconsistent with empirical evidence," Catalano says. "Tremendous strides have been made in identifying predictors, often called risk and protective factors, of adolescent problem behaviors such as substance abuse. This research has helped to usher in a new era of prevention programming. "To take advantage of the knowledge base in prevention at the community level, communities must assess and prioritize their children's exposure to these risk and protective factors, then match priorities with effective prevention programs. The 'Communities that Care' strategy was developed to assist communities to utilize the research knowledge base for effective prevention planning," Catalano explains.

"Drugs and Youth: A Community Responds" is sponsored by the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board; Project Cure, Inc.; and the Substance Abuse Intervention Programs (SAIP) at Wright State University School of Medicine. "Over the years, Wright State University School of Medicine has been committed to developing strategies for substance abuse treatment and prevention that work at the community level. This workshop is intended to give treatment professionals in the Miami Valley the latest scientific research on designing effective prevention programs," says Harvey Siegal, Ph.D., SAIP director.