Learn about drug and alcohol culture at free workshops: Tall Cop Says Stop

09/29/2016  

By Sue Cody

 

Are those sour gummy worms laced with marijuana? Have you seen Pot Tarts or Krondike Bars? What does 710 stand for? These questions and more can be answered when Officer Jermaine Galloway comes to Astoria for two free workshops, “Tall Cop Says Stop.” Wednesday, Oct. 12, you can learn to recognize current logos, products and paraphernalia that is used to attract young people to alcohol and drugs.

 

What looks like a number to most means something different in the drug world: 710 is used as a symbol for smoking hash oil because upside down, it resembles the word “oil.”

 

“You can’t stop what you don’t know,” says Officer Galloway, an expert in drug and alcohol trends. Tall Cop Says Stop is designed to help people recognize dangers, identify signs and prevent drug and alcohol abuse. With more than 120 visual aids, such as T-shirts, logos, pipes, drinks, edible marijuana products, he shows parents, educators, law enforcement workers and others what techniques are employed to attract consumers.

 

The 6-foot-9 officer has been in Idaho law enforcement since 1997 and is one of the nation’s top experts in drug and alcohol trends. He says it is important for all who are involved in prevention, education, treatment or enforcement to understand these sweeping changes in the drug culture. Since 2009, he has won four national awards and one international award for his work.

 

The Oct. 12 sessions

 

Session 1: Noon to 4 p.m. at the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St. This workshop is for educators, prevention providers, coalition members, law enforcement, probation officers, school administrators, therapists, counselors, community members and parents. Lunch is provided.

 

Registration is required for this workshop: email: Jill Quackenbush at jquackenbush@co.clatsop.or.us, or call 503-325-8673, ext. 1, or call Maritza Beltran (español) at 503-325-4547. Provide contact information, name of agency and dietary restrictions.

 

Session 2: 5 to 7 p.m. at Columbia Hall Room 219, Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Ave. This workshop covers alcohol and drug clothing, alcoholic energy drinks, alcopops, alcohol and drug concealment methods and containers, drug paraphernalia, drug related music and groups, logos, stickers, new technology, youth party tendencies, party games, non-traditional alcoholic beverages, social networking sites, synthetic drugs, OTC drugs, inhalants, concentrates, E-cigarettes and popular party drugs.

 

It is important for teachers, counselors, parents – everyone working with youth – to learn about the drug and alcohol culture and what is available today, says Jill Quackenbush, of North Coast Prevention Works.

 

These free workshops are sponsored by The Way to Wellville through a grant from Providence Seaside Hospital, The Lower Columbia Hispanic Council, North Coast Prevention Works, Northwest Parenting and Hope for Recovery.

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