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Crystal Meth Working Group Town Hall Meeting tonight

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  • Ashburn, Matthew (MPD)
    The DC Crystal Meth Working Group is holding a community town hall meeting tonight. Specifically, the working group-- of which MPDC s GLLU is a member-- will
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 29, 2007
      Crystal Meth Working Group Town Hall Meeting tonight

      The DC Crystal Meth Working Group is holding a community town hall meeting tonight.  Specifically, the working group-- of which MPDC's GLLU is a member-- will release survey data on crystal meth use in DC.

      The event, "Town Hall: A Data Briefing on Crystal Meth in D.C.," will be held from 6 pm - 8 pm TONIGHT (29 Nov) in the Edna Frazier Community Room of the Frank D. Reeves Center, located at 2000 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public.

      Yours,

      Matt Ashburn

      --
      Matt W. Ashburn, Auxiliary #1314
      Special Liaison Unit
      Executive Office of the Chief of Police
      Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department
      1369-A Connecticut Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036
      E-mail: matthew.ashburn@...



      News Release

      November 28, 2007

      Contact: Isaiah Webster

      202-372-5095

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

      DC Crystal Meth Working Group to Release Survey Data During Community
      Town Hall Meeting

      WASHINGTON - The DC Crystal Meth Working Group will release results
      regarding crystal methamphetamine use from survey data collected from
      1,109 Washington, DC area residents at a Town Hall meeting on Thursday,
      November 29, 2007.

      The event, "Town Hall: A Data Briefing on Crystal Meth in D.C.," will be
      held from 6 pm - 8 pm in the Edna Frazier Community Room of the Frank D.
      Reeves Center, located at 2000 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC. The
      event is free and open to the public.

      "We are very excited about this town hall because for the first time,
      we have a broader 'snapshot' of meth use within our community," said
      Michael Sessa, chairman of the DC Crystal Meth Working Group. "The data
      may also provide knowledge about potential polydrug use and identify
      pitfalls regarding access to educational and treatment resources."

      The town hall is being co-sponsored by the DC Department of Health, DC
      Office of GLBT Affairs, the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) of the
      Metropolitan Police Department, the Lambda Center at the Psychiatric
      Institute of Washington, the Latino GLBT History Project, the Sexual
      Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) and Whitman-Walker Clinic.

      Carlos Cano, MD, Interim Director of the DC Department of Health; Tori
      Fernandez Whitney, Senior Deputy Director for Substance Abuse, Addiction
      Prevention and Recovery Administration (APRA), DC Department of Health
      (DOH); and Christopher J. Dyer, Director of the DC Office of GLBT
      Affairs will welcome attendees to the town hall. Panelists will
      include:

      - Kristen Degan, MPH, Co-Chair of the Data and Survey Subcommittee of
      the DC Crystal Meth Working Group will provide recent data statistics
      collected by the Working Group this past year.

      - David Schwartz, Ph.D., of the DC Crystal Meth Working Group will
      discuss effective treatments for crystal meth addiction.

      - Thomas McDermitt of the Caron Treatment Centers will provide a
      personal story of crystal meth addiction.

      The DC Crystal Meth Working Group is a coalition of community
      organizations and concerned citizens founded by The Center and committed
      to providing information and resources to help people make informed
      choices about crystal meth. The working group includes: The Center, The
      Lambda Center at The Psychiatric Institute of Washington, Whitman Walker
      Clinic, and a number of community activists that together coordinate
      activities with the Metropolitan Police Department's Gay and Lesbian
      Liaison Unit (GLLU), the HIV/AIDS Administration of the DC Department of
      Health, the Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration (APRA) of
      the DC Department of Health, and the Council of the District of
      Columbia.

      The DC Crystal Meth Working plans to continue its collection of
      surveillance data in 2008 by convening focus groups as a means to
      identify targeted populations at higher risk for crystal methamphetamine
      use and by continuing to collect paper-based surveys to add to its
      current data set. The DC Crystal Meth Working Group receives funding
      from the DC Department of Health Addiction Prevention & Recovery
      Administration. For more information about the DC Crystal Meth Working
      Group, please visit www.LetsTalkAboutMeth.org
      <http://www.letstalkaboutmeth.org/> .

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