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Drug and Alcohol Prevention Forum to be held at UT Arlington

News Release — 26 October 2009


Media contact: Timothy R. Brown, (817) 272-9208,

ARLINGTON - Fort Worth and Arlington school district officials, drug/alcohol prevention and treatment professionals and area law enforcement are among those registered for a drug and alcohol prevention forum on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at The University of Texas at Arlington.

About 300 people have registered for the event.

Michael Nerney, a national-known drug and alcohol prevention expert, will speak at the forum scheduled for 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St. A second session will be held on the same day and place from 1 to 4 p.m. for those who cannot attend the first session.

The event is being held by Tarrant County Challenge Inc., a non-profit agency founded in 1984. TCC is dedicated to confronting substance abuse in Tarrant County by identifying needs, educating the community, mobilizing resources, promoting collaboration, and advocating public policy.

Nerney will discuss his findings on the impact of alcohol on the emerging adult brain. Through his research, Nerney determined that when compared to adults despite having tremendous brainpower emerging adults are unable to foresee the risks of alcohol and drugs.

Nerney has served as consultant to a number of federal and state agencies, including the federal Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. He has also provided technical assistance to correctional systems across the country.

The drug and alcohol prevention forum is open to the public. E-mail your name, address, phone number, agency name (if applicable) and session preference to or call 817-336-6617 to register. Seating is limited.

Nerney will also host a student town hall forum from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Room 100 at UT Arlington's Nedderman Hall, 416 S. Yates St. The event is for students only. Nerney will provide answers to questions regarding the impact of alcohol on the brain. 


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