Public Invited to Learn About Current Drug Trends Among Youth

Open to the public, the Regional Family, Youth and Health Task Force meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Temecula Civic Center.

A heroin drug user holds a syringe in his mouth. (AFP/Getty Images)
A heroin drug user holds a syringe in his mouth. (AFP/Getty Images)

Do you have teenagers or children?  Parents from cities and school districts across Southwest Riverside County are encouraged to attend this informative public meeting to learn about modern-day drugs that our kids are exposed to in today’s world. 

The Keynote Speaker is Rocky Hill, owner of Hill Alcohol and Drug Treatment, who has served the Southwest Riverside County region since January 1986.  Mr. Hill will share insight about current drug and alcohol use and abuse for the region that may be surprising to parents who are unaware.  

He stated, “Heroin is cheap, pure and readily accessible. Meth has taken a backseat but not too far back on the bus. The synergistic nature of opiate addiction is that with every person who gets addicted, you get a new dealer who has to find a way to afford his own use.”  

Mr. Hill will also discuss the current epidemic of opiate and prescription drug abuse, emphasizing how healthcare, law enforcement, businesses, schools and government can integrate their efforts creating innovative ways to address this newest social problem. 

Learn the warning signs of drug use and how to protect your kids, especially at-risk teenagers who may be prone to experiment. 


Meeting:                     Family, Youth & Health Task Force

Topic:                         Youth and Substance Abuse

Date/Time:                 Thursday, January 16, 2014, 4pm

Location:                    Temecula City Council Chambers, 41000 Main St.

With prevalent social issues facing families throughout the country and in our region, elected City and School District leaders across Southwest Riverside County have formed the Regional Family, Youth and Health Task Force committed to providing our youth, parents and families information and resources to better understand and cope with modern influences such as cyber safety, bullying/sexting, virtual gaming addictions, mental health, violence, drugs and alcohol.

The Regional Family, Youth and Health Task Force is comprised of 24 elected leaders from eight Cities and eight School Districts:

Maryann Edwards, Mayor, City of Temecula

Mike Naggar, Council Member, City of Temecula

Alan Long, Mayor, City of Murrieta

Rick Gibbs, Council Member, City of Murrieta

Tim Brown, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Canyon Lake

Mary Craton, Council Member, City of Canyon Lake

Shellie Milne, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Hemet

Robert Youssef, Council Member, City of Hemet

Ross Valenzuela, Board Vice President, Hemet Unified School District

Natasha Johnson, Mayor, City of Lake Elsinore

Steve Manos, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Lake Elsinore

Tom Thomas, Board Member, Lake Elsinore Unified School District

Jerry Bowman, Board Member, Menifee Union School District

Kris Thomasian, Board President, Murrieta Valley Unified School District

Rita Rogers, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Perris

Julio Rodriguez, Council Member, City of Perris

Bill Hulstrom, Board President, Perris Union High School District

Crystal Ruiz, Mayor Pro Tem, City of San Jacinto

Mark Bartel, Council Member, City of San Jacinto

John Norman, Board President, San Jacinto Unified School District

Vince O’Neal, Board President, Temecula Valley Unified School District

Michael Vargas, Board President, Val Verde Unified School District

Ben Benoit, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Wildomar

Bridgette Moore, Council Member, City of Wildomar

—News release

Dog January 15, 2014 at 03:00 PM
What's a picture of a illegal alien with a syringe in his mouth do with a story about local youth drug usage???
Alek J Hidell January 15, 2014 at 10:04 PM
our local youth ARE illegal aliens.....some with syringes.
Don Lambert January 16, 2014 at 06:26 AM
MORE OF THE PUBLIC SHOULD COME TO THESE INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE MEETINGS OF THIS REGIONAL FAMILY, YOUTH AND HEALTH TASK FORCE. I attended the two previous meetings of this group. These could have helpful improvements for our region with the sharing of information among persons from the several communities and school districts. The information includes what some of the problems are, and what some agencies are doing to reduce or prevent some of the serious problems.
Don Lambert January 16, 2014 at 06:28 AM
This FREE session will be held today, Thursday January 16, at 4:00 PM in the new Temecula City Hall located in Old Town and visible from the freeway. There is plenty of FREE parking inside the adjacent parking garage. There were plenty of available seats at the two prior meetings I attended.


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