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Monday, October 25, 2021

Substance Abuse, Addiction and Prevention Training

Cloud County Chemical Dependency Committee will offer a free training on substance abuse, addiction, and prevention on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. in Cook Theatre at Cloud County Community College.

Lynn Smith, a Community Prevention Consultant with PARS (Prevention and Recovery Services, Inc., Topeka) will be the presenter.

The presentation is open to anyone interested in learning more about substance abuse, addiction and prevention. This presentation will be helpful to those who work or volunteer in fields such as health care, social work, youth-serving organizations, substance abuse, mental health, corrections, education, case management, law enforcement, and other professions impacted by substance use and associated problem behaviors.

Topics covered will include local and state rates of substance use, how risk and protective factors play a role in substance use, the effects of normalizing on substance use, legal and illegal drug trends, concealment and paraphernalia items used to hide or use drugs, and how music and clothing can be used to promote substance use.

A certificate of attendance will be available for those seeking continuing education credit.

The free presentation is sponsored by the Cloud County Chemical Dependency Committee which is funded by a local portion of state alcohol taxes.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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