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Program at UIS will examine “trendy drugs”

September 13, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois at Springfield will present “Trendy Drugs of Abuse” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 12, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. The program is free and open to the public.

Featured speaker will be Trinka Porrata, drug consultant and retired narcotics detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. Campus sponsors are the UIS Counseling Center, Substance Abuse Task Force, Health Service, Housing Office, and Police Department.

Porrata will address a variety of issues surrounding drug use and culture. Currently a private consultant providing instruction, legislative support, and expert testimony on various drugs and drug-related issues -- including GHB, Ketamine, Rohypnol, LSD, Ecstasy, drug-facilitated sexual assaults, and the rave phenomenon --  she also teaches and facilitates networking among law enforcement agencies, district attorneys, medical personnel, and the public.  Porrata is a consultant with the California Drug Endangered Children program as well as the California Attorney General’s Office and she has developed a booklet, “While You Were Sleeping,” that walks readers through a GHB trip. Porrata also serves as president of Project GHB, a nonprofit organization working on various drug prevention and treatment issues.

This program is presented in conjunction with Project X, an initiative of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich designed to promote community awareness, early intervention, and education about Ecstasy, Methamphetamine, and other club drugs.  The Wells Center in Jacksonville is one of nine sites chosen for Project X efforts in the state.  Partial funding is provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

Porrata will also lead a session from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 12 at UIS. This program is designed for school and mental health counselors, law enforcement personnel, medical and legal professionals, teachers, coaches, and others. Continuing Education Units are available and preregistration is required no later than September 24. Cost is $10 per person or $100 per school/agency (limit 12); cost to receive 5 CEUs is an additional $10.  For registration and other information, contact Becca Ward at the Wells Center, by phone at 217/ 243-1871 or by e-mail at bward@wellscenter.org.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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