Government agencies, legislators, educators, prosecutors, law enforcement, children’s advocacy groups, juvenile court officials, medical professionals and many others who fight to protect Alabama’s youth will soon meet in Montgomery to discuss trends, strategies and long-term solutions to the problems of underage drinking and substance abuse. The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will soon host the first “Alabama Substance Abuse Youth Summit” or “SAYS”, at the Renaissance Montgomery Convention Center, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
“Our children are under attack by makers, growers, and dealers of illegal drugs, including alcohol, and it must stop,” said Alabama ABC Board Administrator Mac Gipson. “Thanks to the National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association, many faithful partners, and our staff, this youth summit will bring together every group, organization, and agency in our state that works tirelessly to protect children. I’m confident that through these discussions and by working together, we can better address and ultimately end youth substance abuse."
Attendees will hear from several subject matter experts, including Dr. Bob Brewer, head of the Centers for Disease Control’s alcohol program; Jim VanHecke, director of TalkitOutNC.org, North Carolina’s anti-underage drinking program; State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey, and Dr. Shannon Murphy, a Birmingham pediatrician and recognized expert in child development.
The Alabama Substance Abuse Youth Summit (SAYS) is being made possible by a grant from the National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association and through the support of representatives of the Alabama ABC Board, Alabama Department of Education, Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, Alabama Department of Transportation, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Alabama Citizens Action Program’s American Character Builders, Baldwin County Drug Education Council, Covington County Children’s Policy Council, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Alabama, and PRIDE of Tuscaloosa.
To register for the summit, visit http://alabcboard.gov/underage-underarrest, click on the Alabama SAYS logo, fill out the registration form, and hit “Submit”. Attendance is free of charge, but is limited to the first 350 registrants.