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The Journey- Stories of Crisis and Hope

The Journey- Stories of Crisis and Hope

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August 09th 2016:Focus On Prevention: The Fight Against Substance Abuse

MADD -Mothers Against Drunk Driving- lead a campaign that changed the culture and made drunk driving unacceptable, which in turn diminished the number of deaths caused by drunk driving accidents. The commercial “This is your brain…this is your brain on drugs” and “Just Say No”, vivid in the minds of “The More You Know” generation, were encouragements to not do drugs. These campaigns and strategies were used by older generations to help prevent substance abuse. Are the strategies of the past still effective for the issues we face today? What type of prevention approaches do we need to implement

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Matthew G. Smith

Matt Smith has been in the field of substance abuse prevention for over 25 years, spending nearly twenty years in various positions with WNY United Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse and over six years as Executive Director of Preventionfocus, Inc. Over his career, Matt has created numerous special events, awareness campaigns, workshops, camps, fundraisers, classroom curriculum packages, informational materials and other prevention tools and strategies. Matt serves as Chairman of the WNY Chemical Dependency Consortium, a collaborative of nearly all of the agencies in the eight-county region of WNY that provide substance abuse treatment, recovery and prevention services. He is also the environm
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