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Mother Lode Views To Focus On Youth Drug Abuse

Sonora, CA — Several Calaveras County middle school incidents involving the abuse of prescription drugs has stirred the community to take action.

In December, 2009 several Toyon Middle School students were ingesting and sharing prescription medications with classmates. In March it was the same story at Avery Middle School with at least one student being hospitalized.

On Mother Lode Views this weekend, Public Information Officer Sgt. Dave Seawell and Deputy Steve Avila (Investigator; Narcotics Enforcement Unit) from the Sheriff’s Department along with Deputy Director of Behavioral Health Services Dave Sackman will discuss why some students are getting involved with prescription drugs, marijuana and alcohol and the rather easy access to those drugs.

Seawell will speak directly to parents concerning the role they must play in reducing what has become an extremely serious problem. Avila will discuss the Toyon and Avery Middle School incidents in detail and Sackman will comment on the county’s drug education program and treatment procedures.

Mother Lode Views can be heard on AM-1450 KVML Saturday at 9:30am and Sunday at 8:30am. Mother Lode Views can also be heard Sunday morning at eight o’clock on 93.5 KKBN and an hour later on STAR 92.7.

Written by bill.johnson@mlode.com