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Residents sought to join new Drug Prevention Coalition

The City of Mission Viejo is seeking caring, concerned citizens to join its new Drug Prevention Coalition.

The coalition is for people interested in learning about current drug trends and challenges facing our community who will work to prevent the spread of drug addiction and dependency.  The City and local support group Solace of Orange County are teaming up for this effort. 

Coalition members will promote and participate in drug awareness programs like the Annual Walk Against Drugs and Resource Fair and the Monitor, Secure and Destroy Campaign for properly disposing of prescription drugs.  They will focus on other campaigns as well as the expected impacts of Prop 64 Recreation Marijuana; parental education on addiction behaviors, signs of drug addiction and the use of Narcan, a lifesaving antidote.

Starting July 19, the coalition will meet at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way. The one-hour meetings will be followed by the weekly Solace of Orange County Support Group from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The group supports family members and friends impacted by drug addiction and loss.  

For more information about joining the coalition, contact Leslie McDonald at lmcdonald@cityofmissionviejo.org or Margie Fleitman at margie@solaceorangecounty.org.