Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, 51st District Court Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski, Oakland Community College Dean of Nursing and Health Professions Lori Przymusinski and Oakland County Director of Health and Human Services George J. Miller, Jr. are holding a news conference to announce a new initiative to combat youth prescription drug abuse in Oakland County focusing on schools and parents.
They will announce open registration for an Oakland Community College community forum on October 28 about the emerging epidemic of youth prescription drug abuse. It will feature former Drug Enforcement Agency Agent Robert Stutman, who made a 25-year career as one of America’s highest profile drug agents. He is the former head of New York City’s DEA office, the agency’s largest field office.
Stutman will share his expertise with parents, students and communities. He will address the dangerous paradigm shift from a society that abuses illegal drugs to a society that abuses pharmaceutical drugs in alarming proportions. According to Stutman’s research, 2,500 teenagers daily use a prescription drug to get high for the first time. He will share his thoughts on how to cope with and potentially resolve this devastating and debilitating problem.
The announcement is at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 at North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac, Mich. For information, contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer, at (248) 858-1048.