This course is a part of a joint-effort made by Slemp and Oakes to combat dangerous and illegal drugs in the region with a strategy of having increased collaboration, community involvement, and education available to the public.
The program will feature Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. Bill Hazel, five hours of continuing education credits on topics ranging from drug courts to child abuse prevention and new laws in Virginia designed to address the opioid abuse crisis. Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp will facilitate the agenda discussion, which will conclude with the "REVIVE!" opioid overdose and naloxone education program for the Commonwealth of Virginia led by Sgt. Teresa Meade, Sgt. Pete Bowers, and Sgt. Myles Cote of the Wise County Sheriff's Office. A complete agenda for the program and flyer is attached hereto for reference.
So far, over 285 individuals have registered to attend the event. Attendees will represent more than 90 area service agencies.
Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said, "We want to take our community back and empower citizens to assist law enforcement in the fight against drug dealing and drug crimes. I am so excited to work alongside Sheriff Oakes in our joint effort to make the community better. If we are going to make a difference on this important public safety issue, we must get outside of the courthouse and work with the public to fight the drug epidemic. We look forward to this program and know that it will have a positive impact on our community as a whole."
Sheriff Ronnie Oakes said, "Communities throughout our region are feeling the economic and social impact of synthetic drug and opioid abuse. These illegal substances impact families, neighborhoods, and the entire community. We are excited to collaborate with partners across our region to offer this program and take our communities back from the scourge of drugs."
Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to contact Sgt. Teresa A. Meade at 276-328-3566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.