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MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN DRUG PREVENTION SUMMIT

Tuesday, October 23, 2001 / 9 AM to Noon
War Memorial Auditorium
800 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale

More than 1,000 students from 35 Broward County middle schools will fill War Memorial Auditorium Tuesday for the third annual Drug Summit.

The event, co-sponsored by the Broward Sheriff's Office, will give youngsters the latest information available on drug abuse, recognize them for leading a drug-free life, and hopefully inspire them to get involved in peer counseling.

Sheriff Ken Jenne will join several guest speakers, including Broward School Board Member Ben Williams, Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Carlton Moore and Howard Finkelstein of the Broward County Public Defenders Office.

According to the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, teenagers rank drug abuse as the number one problem they face today. The first drug summit was held in Pompano Beach in 1999 for 300 students. It was such a success it became a yearly event, with this year’s attendance expected to quadruple the first summit.

This report by:

Cheryl Stopnick / Media Relations

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