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 July 31st, 2012  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara, Sheriff's officials will participate in Hanley Center Foundation's Drug Abuse Summit Sept. 28
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara and officials of the Sheriff's Office will participate in the Hanley Center Foundation's Drug Abuse Summit of the Treasure Coast that will take place Sept. 28.

"The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office devotes significant investigative resources every day to combat the abuse of prescription and street drugs," said Sheriff Mascara. "When the Hanley Center began planning the Drug Abuse Summit, I felt it was important for me and members of my agency to participate."

The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5;30 p.m. at the Treasure Coast Public Safety and Training Complex, 4600, Kirby Loop Road, Fort Pierce. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Sheriff Mascara will be one of six keynote speakers. Others will include a member of the Florida Attorney General's Office; Treasure Coast Public Defender Diamond R. Litty; Dr. Richard A. Houghton, founder and President of Torrey Pines Institute; Dr. Barbara Krantz, Hanley Center Medical Director, West Palm Beach; and Karen Kelly, Operation UNITE President.

Trevor Morganti, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Manger of Classification and Inmate Programs, will moderate a panel entitled "Understanding the scope of drug addiction"  which will address the far-reaching effects untreated drug addiction has on our community and what can be done to better understand and effectively treat drug addiction.

Adam Fetterman, St. Lucie County Sheriff's General Council, will moderate a panel entitled "Drug Abuse, Florida Lawmakers and Policies" which will address what changes have been made and what current laws and policies crate loopholes protecting pill mills and dealers, along with a discussion of needed changes to the states drug policies.

More information is available at the Hanley Center's website hanleycenter.org and by contacting Kathy Hurt at khurt@hanleycenter.org.

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