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Release: Sept. 19, 2000

Adolescent, college drinking are subjects of forums Sept. 21-22

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- As part of National Recovery Month, the Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center this week is sponsoring two events where people can learn about and discuss adolescent and underage drinking.

Prairielands ATTC, based at the UI College of Education, will offer "Adolescent Drinking and Drug Use: A Town Meeting for Johnson County" from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 in the Terrace Room of the UI's Iowa Memorial Union. Parents, teachers, teens and public safety officials are invited to discuss the extent of the problem in Johnson County, identify local resources, learn strategies for working with adolescents with drug and alcohol problems and discuss community prevention strategies.

Prairielands ATTC will also offer a half-day seminar on college drinking Friday, Sept. 22 in the IMU. Presentations by faculty and staff from Iowa two- and four-year colleges -- as well as the University of Iowa -- will be made in the IMU's Terrace Room beginning at 10 a.m. From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. participants can view a national broadcast of a program titled "Combating Underage Drinking," produced by the U.S. Department of Justice. And at 2 p.m. groups will be formed for open discussions. The seminar -- designed primarily for students, staff and faculty -- will address issues related to underage drinking on college campuses, both nationally and in Iowa.

Pre-registration is requested, and both events are free. However, students seeking continuing education credit for attending the Friday seminar can pay $5 to receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the program.

To register, or more for information, contact the Prairielands ATTC at (319) 335-5368.