By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
Canadian County residents are invited to attend a “virtual” town hall presentation next week to learn the latest about drug trends and underage drinking prevention.
The Red Rock Regional Prevention Coordinator (RPC) encourages the public to participate in the online seminar set Thursday, June 4. Sessions will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The virtual event, sponsored by the Yu-Can Youth Coalition and the Drug and Alcohol Task
Force, will cover the latest trends and provide tools and resources to combat substance
abuse in the community.
The presentation is titled “You Can’t Stop What You Don’t Know” by “tall cop” Jermaine Galloway.
“He will present important community drug and alcohol trends so that we can focus our prevention efforts,” said Tracy N. McKeown, Student Assistance Program coordinator for Yukon Public Schools.
“If we don’t know what’s going on in our community, it’s hard to know where to make improvements.”
The virtual town hall meeting will highlight the “Tall Cop Says Stop™” program created by Galloway, an Idaho law enforcement officer since 1997. Galloway provides the tools, resources and training to combat substance abuse.
“I think this is a great opportunity for parents to have more information on the latest drug trends and underage drinking prevention,” Red Rock RPC Director Julia Cochran said.
The Yu-Can Youth Coalition usually has an in-person town hall during the second semester of the school year. But due to COVID-19, it was changed to a virtual presentation.
To register for the June 4th virtual town hall or for more information, visit the Yu-Can Coalition Facebook page, Drug and Alcohol Task Force Facebook page or Red Rock RPC Facebook page.
Each presentation is limited to 300 attendees.
The event is geared toward adults. There will be time for questions and answers as well.
MORE ABOUT ‘TALL COP’
Regarded as one of the United States’ top experts in various drug and alcohol trends, officer Galloway has specialized in underage drinking and drug enforcement for more than 15 years.
Standing at 6’9”, Galloway played Division 1 basketball before becoming a police officer. He spends much of his time today speaking to youth at school assemblies, professionals at drug prevention trainings and parents at town hall meetings.
Galloway also has trained more than 105,000 people nationwide.
“The reason we chose Mr. Galloway is because several Yu-Can students heard him speak at the Heartland Conference in Norman last year,” McKeown said. “They were impressed with his knowledge and his incredibly engaging presentation.
“He keeps up to date and does a great job explaining the current drug, alcohol and vaping trends.”
Since 2009, Galloway has won four national awards and one international award for his work.
Funding for Galloway’s presentation is being paid out of a Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (STOP Act) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).