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Understanding the Opiate Crisis: Keeping our Kids and Community Safe

October 21, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join Influence the Choice as we explore this complex community issue together.

This presentation serves to start a conversation with parents/caregivers regarding our current opiate crisis and youth substance use in our community. Together we will explore the impact of substance use, learn to recognize signs of concern and discuss effective strategies for increasing protective factors and reducing those factors that put youth at risk.

Presented by Jerry Blackburn, Executive Director for the Influence the Choice Community Coalition, as well as a faculty member in the Substance Use Disorder Counseling Education Program at Bellevue College. In addition to his work, Jerry currently serves as a board member for The Garage, the Issaquah Teen Café. In 2005 he was honored by the Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse with the Richard Rivera Passionate Youth Professional Award and in 2017 the Issaquah Schools Foundation presented him with the Golden Apple Award in appreciation for his dedication to the health of young people.

Free, but please register to attend at



October 21, 2019
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Blakely Hall