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Shelby County Drug Free Coalition staging virtual learning series

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition from staging public education events for nearly a year now.


The message is still very much necessary according to Lori Springer.


So Shelby County Drug Free Coalition will go online and conduct the first of a three-part virtual learning series Tuesday.


Titled “Secondhand smoke in casinos and multi-unit housing in the county,” the virtual meeting will feature presentations by Traci Kennedy on nonsmokers’ rights and Khadijah Omar from the American Lung Association.


The meeting runs from 10 to 11 a.m.


“Most of our work is community education type of work,” said Springer of the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition. “With COVID-19 we are not out in the community as much. So we talked about how we get the message out to the community to educate them on the dangers of tobacco and the dangers of drug abuse.”


On April 6 at 10 a.m., the virtual series continues with a meeting to discuss e-cigarettes, vaping and tobacco laws. The guest presenter will be Nick Torres of the American Lung Association.


The series finishes on May 4 at 10 a.m. with a meeting on prevention and recovery in Shelby County and surrounding areas. The meeting will be directed by Victoria Harris of ER Counseling. There will be elevator speeches from several local and surrounding area prevention and treatment facilities and programs.


For more information on the virtual learning series or to receive the online link to Tuesday’s meeting, contact Lori Springer at scdfc.office@gmail.com.