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July 29, 2021  8:30am-4pm

Life Chapel - 70 Hines Lane, Lexington, VA 24450

Many of us don't understand teens or the world they live in. We have developed an event to help you better understand the current substance use trends, behaviors, signs and symptoms and to provide you the tools to confidently have open conversations.

Keys Points:
Gain insight into a teenagers daily life 
Popular substances
What to look for and how to identify them
Possible roots of unusual behavior; attitude changes, declining grades, withdrawn/ or over-involvement
Best conversation approaches
Helping students over obstacles
Keep the conversations going
Where & how to get help

2021 Schedule

*Program schedule, speakers, and times are subject to change

Meet the Speakers 

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Justin Wayne, M.A.

A Nationally Certified Counselor, that, for over 20 years, has worked with youth and families in just about every setting imaginable: drug and alcohol treatment, with at-risk foster youth, community mental health, private practice, and as a Director of Special Education at District of Columbia Public Schools.

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Leyna Hansley, Rockbridge Area Prevention Coalition Facilitator

More info coming soon

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Kristin Wenger, Blue Ridge Poison Center

She provides poisoning prevention education and outreach for the Blue Ridge Poison Center at UVA Health, which serves all of central and southwest Virginia and the entire Shenandoah Valley. Ms. Wenger has also served as the Chair of the Public Education Committee of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. She is a member of the following organizations: the Virginia Department of Health’s Injury Prevention Coalition; the Community Health UVA Partnership; the Suicide Prevention and Awareness Resources Council (APARC), and the Safe Kids Appalachia Coalition. She received her master’s degree in Teaching from the University of Virginia.


Hugh Ferguson, School Resource Officer, Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office

A First Sergeant with the Rockbridge County Sherriff’s Office who has served the community for 29 years. Hugh is currently the School Resource Officer at Maury River Middle School and is a Board Member for the Rockbridge Area Community Services Board. First Sergeant Ferguson is also a combat Marine veteran.

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Justin Phillips, M.A., Executive Director, Overdose Lifeline

An American clinical addictions counselor that since 1998 has been dedicated to public health advocacy surrounding injury prevention.  She transitioned her focus to preventable deaths caused by substance use disorder in 2014 when she founded Overdose Lifeline, Inc.  Justin is now the Executive Director and works nation-wide to provide advocacy, resources and support to families and communities. 

Check out the sessions from
Prevention Forum 2020