Drug Symposium-From Vaping to Edibles to Opioids


On behalf of the California School Resource Officers’ Association (CSROA), the Stanislaus County Office of Education, City of Modesto Police Department, Stanislaus Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and California State University Stanislaus, welcome to the 2019 Drug Symposium: From Vaping to Edibles to Opioids. 

Local and National news media continue to report the negative impact drugs has in our schools and communities.  Recent deaths and hospitalizations for vaping and opioids have been widely reported in the media.  School administrators continue to struggle with edibles and other marijuana products while trying to keep opioids out of schools and the hands of juveniles.  This symposium was developed to share information on research, trends and most importantly, school and community strategies for prevention and intervention.  

The partnering agencies and CSROA thanks you for your attendance and further actions to reduce the negative impact drugs have on our community.


Program Presentations and Workshop Descriptions

8:00     Welcome and Conference Objectives

8:15     The Raw Realities of the Opioid Addiction Crisis and the Hope of Recovery

            Dr. Suzanne Whitehead, Professor, California State University, Stanislaus

            Travis Whitehead, Substance Abuse Counselor, Stanislaus Recovery Center

9:45     Narcan: Myths Truths and Resources 

            Tammy Cooper, Clinical Education Manager, American Medical Response 

10:00   Break

10:15   Breakout Session One

            A.        The Truth About Vaping

                        Charmaine Monte and Elizabeth Escalante, TUPE Coordinators, Stanislaus County Office of Education

                        Jim Rokaitis, Prevention Consultant, Stanislaus Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

            B.        Reality Check – A Firsthand Account of Drugs in Our Schools

                        Cynthia Langgle, Assistant Principal of Supervision and Attendance, Modesto City School District

            C.        Youth Drug Use – Etiology and Factors - CRAFFT Screening Interview Tool

                        Dr. Dianne Vargas, Professor, California State University, Stanislaus

11:30   Lunch and Exhibitor Tables

12:45   Breakout Session Two

            A.        Central Valley Opioid Trends

                        Investigator Jacob Mertz, City of Modesto Police Department

            B.        Gangs and Drugs

                        Investigator Michael Rokaitis, City of Modesto Police Department

                        Officer Martin Lemus, city of Modesto Police Department

            C.        Tiered Approach for Planning Substance Use Intervention Strategies - Universal Programs (Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3)

                        Dr. Dianne Vargas, Professor

                        California State University, Stanislaus

2:00     Break

2:15     Drug Addiction and the Link to Human Trafficking: A Perspective from the Streets

Officer Aaron Jones, Riverside Police Department

3:40     Pebbles in the Pond

            Melinda Pallotta

3:50     Closing Comments – A Call to Action

4:00     Dismissal