Synthetic Summit successfully enlightened its audience about the dangers of K2 and bath salts

Synthetic Summit
Source: Synthetic Summit Homepage 

8/11/2012 – The Synthetic Summit was held Thursday in the gymnasium at Brighton Center for Recovery (formerly Brighton Hospital) . The summit was a joint effort of several drug prevention groups that addressed the epidemic of synthetic marijuana and bath salts to a combined 185 medical professionals, teachers, and members of the community. Later that same evening the event addressed parents, students, and others concerned with synthetic drug addiction.  

Tom Cahillane, President of Substance Free Future Foundation, said that SFFF was proud to be a part of the collaboration along with Brighton Center for Recovery, HSCB Substance Abuse Workgroups, and Livingston Community Prevention Project. Cahillane commented that we collaborated together as a team to create a recipe for success. We reached out and asked for help and the response was overwhelming. Representatives from the DEA, doctors, judges, social workers, law enforcement, chemists, and drug prevention specialists responded ready to educate the community about the dangers of synthetic drugs.

Lindsay Beaudry, HSCB Community Collaborative Planner said, "It was grand to observe how the strengths of each member added to the collective success of the event."

Speakers at the event included Robert Bell, Drug Enforcement Administration, Judge Jodi Debbrecht, 51st District Court, Scott Masi, Outreach Specialist, Brighton Center for Recovery, Karen Bergbower, LMSW, CAADC, CPC-M, Karen Bergbower and Associates,  Dr. Heather Schmidt, St.Joseph Healthcare System, Sheriff Bob Bezotte, Livingston County Sheriff, David Morse, Livingston County Prosecutor, Jon Gonzalez, Legislative Researcher, Michigan Department of Community Health, Office of Legislative Affairs, Dr. Edward Jouney, DO, MS, Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Robert Dunne, Vice Chief of Emergency Medicine, St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Paul Kennedy PhD, Director of Analytical Chemistry, Cayman Chemical, Elizabeth Reader, CCS, CADC, ICADC, Program Director, Milford Counseling, Angie Willoughby, LMSW, CAADC, Program Coordinator for Intake, Emergency Services, and Specialty Court, Livingston County Community Mental Health, Felix Sharpe, Director, Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services (BSAAS), Michigan Department of Community Health, and Kaitlin Fink, LLMSW: Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Livingston County Catholic Charities.

Thank you for all your hard work to Scott Masi, Referral and Outreach Specialist, Brighton Center For Recovery, Kaitlin Fink, LLMSW: Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Livingston County Catholic Charities, Russell Stratton, Pinckney Coalition Coordinator, Lindsay Beaudry, HSCB Community Collaborative Planner, Bill Cook, Treasurer, Substance Free Future Foundation, Tom Cahillane, President, Substance Free Future Foundation, Polly Mallory, Director of Early Childhood Development, Lacasa Center, and James Schepper, LPC, CAAC, Clinical Director, Catholic Charities.

Special thanks go out to Brighton Center For Recovery who hosted the Synthetic Summit, and Bill Cook, Treasurer with Substance Free Future Foundation for spending his entire day filming the event. He will also edit and prepare the final version of the Synthetic Summit video and be responsible for working with the event organizers to possibly provide vouchers for synthetic drug testing from funds raised during the Synthetic Summit. 

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K2 Summit
7/16/12 - Local leaders in the fight against K2 are planning a summit next month to discuss what measures are necessary to keep the drug from reemerging in Livingston County. K2 is a synthetic substitute to marijuana that carries an increased risk of dangerous side effects. It was sold legally across Michigan until it was banned, along with synthetic cocaine, by the state legislature on July 1st. The summit planned for August 9th will focus on what steps should be taken by officials and residents to help keep K2 from becoming a problem once again. It will be divided into two segments, both several hours long. The first is meant for people such a doctors, police officers, judges, and others who encounter K2 in a professional capacity. It will focus on the enforcement and treatment options available to reduce the illegal use of K2. Kaitlin Fink of Catholic Social Services sat on the committee that organized the summit, and she tells WHMI that the second session is intended for anyone who wants more information about K2 and what is being done to combat it, featuring speakers from government, medical, and nonprofit groups. Both sessions will discuss the next steps planned for the community to continue the fight against K2. The professional session will be held from 9:00am to 3:30pm on Thursday, August 9th. It will cost $25 to pre-register or $35 at the door. The community session will be held from 6:30 to 8:00pm that same night and will be completely free. Both sessions will take place at the Brighton Center for Recovery at 12851 Grand River in Brighton. (TD)