Youth drug abuse focus of CLU conference
Experts to discuss trends, treatment and prevention

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - California Lutheran University will present a workshop on juvenile drug abuse from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15.

“Drugs and Juveniles” is the topic of the Sixth Annual Conference on Violence and Victimization presented by CLU’s Criminal Justice Department and Center for Equality and Justice. Experts in criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse will discuss local trends as well as treatment and prevention strategies related to the abuse of substances including prescription drugs, bath salts and marijuana.

Supervising Juvenile Court Judge Manuel Covarrubias, who oversees Ventura County’s juvenile drug court, will give the keynote presentation. Speakers will include Linda Gertson and Daniel Hicks with Ventura County Behavioral Health Department’s Alcohol and Drug Programs. Panelists will include community advocates and representatives from education, law enforcement and Ventura County Behavioral Health.

The presentations are geared toward people who deal with substance abuse problems among juveniles, including school administrators and counselors and criminal justice professionals.

The conference will be held in Lundring Events Center in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center at 130 Overton Court on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The $15 cost includes continental breakfast, lunch, instructional materials and a certificate of attendance.

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