Meeting focuses on drug abuse |

Meeting focuses on drug abuse

A town hall meeting Wednesday will focus on drug abuse in Nevada County.

Presentations will be made, and the Nevada County Substance Abuse Advisory Board is particularly interested in getting public input on what to do about local substance-abuse problems.

“We’ll talk about what the board’s about, and we’re trying to educate the public on what’s out there and what to look for,” said board Chairman Ed Peevey.

“Our main concern is to get community involvement with the situation we have in our county and to find out what our shortfalls are,” said board member Randy Hansen. “It’s not a witch hunt to find people who use drugs to put them away.”

Various board committees will make presentations on education, treatment and law enforcement, Peevey said. Audience members can submit questions to the various presenters prior to their talks.

Retired Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Steve Mason will give a talk about what chemicals are in methamphetamine, Peevey said. There will also be drug treatment providers there giving out information on their programs.

Because methamphetamine has caused a variety of recent problems in the community, it will be an obvious topic of discussion, Hansen said. Tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and other abused drugs will also be topics.

“Prescription drugs can have the same issues as drugs on the street,” Hansen said, “but people don’t talk about it because it’s legal. It’s something to deal with, too.”

Hansen said the board is hoping the public will fill out surveys at the meeting so the advisory board can report concerns to county supervisors.

Know and go

What: Town Hall Meeting on drug abuse

When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday

Where: Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St.

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