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Workshop offers new info on teens and addictions

Four experts will present new information on preventing teen addiction to drugs, alcohol and the Internet at a free informational workshop presented by the Ashland High School Parent Academy from 7 to 8:30 tonight in the school library, 201 S. Mountain Ave.

One of the speakers, Rita Sullivan, is the executive director of OnTrack Addiction Recovery Programs & Services Inc. in Medford. She has been with the substance abuse and mental health treatment agency for 34 years.

A psychologist with a private practice, she will explain the prevalence and progression of addictive disease.

She will also speak about how substance abuse crosses all socioeconomic boundaries, that addictions are dangerous and progressive disorders, and that addictions are treatable.

Speaker Steven Fogelman, owner-director of Kolpia Counseling Services Inc. in Ashland, has practiced in the field of chemical dependency and mental health since 1976 and is a nationally and internationally certified addictions counselor.

Tonight, he will talk to parents about the importance of listening to their children, the dangers of Internet addiction and how drugs affect children.

Other speakers are James Francis Hammel, president of Rogue Psychiatry in Medford, and Sgt. Kevin Woodruff, an officer with Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement, or MADGE.

This is the last of the monthly Parent Academy presentations of the school year.

"It's been a great year for the Parent Academy with tremendous support and attendance from parents and students," said coordinator Susanne Severeid.

Reach reporter Janet Eastman at 541-776-4465 or jeastman@dailytidings.com.