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CSULB Forum To Discuss Drug And Alcohol Abuse in Long Beach

Published: November 15, 2010

On Thursday, Nov. 18, CSULB will host a forum to address the growing problem of drug and alcohol abuse in the city of Long Beach. The event will be held in the campus Studio Theater, which is located off 7th Street and East Campus Drive. Parking is free. There will be a reception at 5 p.m., followed by the program from 6-7:30 p.m.

The A&E Network, Charter Communications, the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc. (NCADD), and The Salvation Army will join forces to host this special town hall meeting – the first of its kind. In a recent survey by the California Healthy Kids Long Beach (2008-09), 19 percent of 11th graders and 16 percent of 9th graders have admitted to binge drinking. In addition, 34 percent of 9th graders and 29 percent of 11th graders have reported getting high on drugs.

Invited community members, students and parents, elected officials, treatment center providers and law enforcement experts will be in attendance to learn more about this important topic from a panel of experts and to watch a screening of A&E’s Emmy Award-winning series “Intervention.” The forum will be taped for broadcast on Charter On Demand beginning Wednesday, Dec. 15.

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Panelists will include Candy Finnigan of A&E’s “Intervention”; Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell; Michael Ballue, executive director, NCADD South Bay; and Dennis Fisher, director of CSULB’s Center for Behavioral Research and Services.

Program moderator will be Brad Pomerance, anchor of Charter Local Edition and Charter Special Edition. Special guests scheduled are Long Beach vice mayor Suja Lowenthal and CSULB President F. King Alexander.

The event is open to public on first-come, first-served basis. To RSVP, contact Meelene.Diep@chartercom.com or 626/430-3495. For more information, contact A&E Network’s Gina Nocero at 212/210-9163.