Three weeks ago, the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention of Sheridan County, or ASAP, held the first of two Town Hall meetings on preventing underage drinking. The second will be held Tuesday night, March 23rd at the C-Tel Presentation Hall at Sheridan College. Organizer Janice Schoonmaker with Northern Wyoming Mental Health tells us the focus of this meeting.
It seems that in the past, these kinds of events tend to be "preaching to the choir"-types of meetings, where the only people who attend are the ones who work in the field. Janice tells us why people in the general community should consider coming to the Town Hall meeting.
The evening will open with a presentation by Gillette resident Debbie McLeland, whose son was among eight University of Wyoming track students killed in a head-on crash south of Laramie in 2001. Clint Haskins, then a senior at UW, was responsible for the crash and was intoxicated at the time. He is serving a prison sentence at the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp and Wyoming Boot Camp in Newcastle.
Pam Peldo of Peldo Counseling will facilitate a panel discussion on underage drinking. The panel will consist of Sheridan pediatrician Dr. Barry Wohl; Sheridan County Sheriff Deputy and School Resource Officer Boot Hill; Hayden Heaphy, who serves as Magistrate with the Sheridan County Drug Court; Laura Burrell, Addictions Practitioner with the Sheridan County Justice Office, and Jennifer Jones, Therapist with Big Horn Mountain Recovery.
The Town Hall Meeting on Preventing Underage Drinking starts at 6 o'clock tomorrow evening at the C-Tel presentation Hall at Sheridan College and is free.