(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – The Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition is inviting local school districts and committed adults throughout the community to a FREE marijuana education and prevention event.
This free community event will take place Tuesday, October 5th, 2021, at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas, 330 University Drive NE in New Philadelphia. Masks are required when inside the facility. The presentation for 8th grade students will be held at 10:00 a.m. followed by a presentation for 9th and 10th grade students at 12:30 p.m. Then, parents and other committed adults are invited to attend a third presentation beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Founder’s Hall.
“Knowledge truly is power, and we remain dedicated to arming Tuscarawas County residents with just that,” explained ADC Chairman Kerry Metzger. “This event is designed to provide credible, evidence-based information to the members of our community to help our youth make more educated decisions about substance use and to help our adults lead by example and encourage them to do so.”
Substance use prevention begins with educating both youth and adults. Despite common misconceptions, marijuana IS addictive and often leads to further drug use and addictions.
The event presenter will be Ty Sells, who is so much more than just a presenter. Sells brings over thirty years of experience in drug prevention and community services. He is a ‘product’ of the Youth-to-Youth high school program and spent years during and after college working directly with youth in its’ local program. Sells is known across the country for his charisma, humor, and leadership. He has developed a number of trainings, workshops, and presentations for both youth and adults to address the many complex issues that confront today’s young people.
“Ty Sells can communicate the truth about marijuana use better than anyone I have seen,” explained Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell. “I strongly recommend schools and adults take advantage of this opportunity.”
Adults interested in attending this important presentation may also do so virtually via the Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition’s Facebook page where the 6:00 p.m. event for adults will be live streamed.
The event is presented by the Rea Foundation and Wendy’s and is supported by Allied Machine & Engineering, Faith Christian Church, the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office and McInturf Realty.
For more information on local prevention efforts and resources visit adctusc.org., and if you or someone you know is in need of substance use addiction help, call the Hope hotline at 330-663-6812.