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Seminar on substance abuse set

April 19, 1999

Walk-ins will be accepted for a seminar on substance abuse in the workplace from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Sheraton-Four Points Hotel in Hagerstown.

Sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Hagerstown Committee's Task Force on Substance Abuse, the seminar will include six speakers on different aspects of the topic.

Speakers are: Maryland State Police Lt. Bruce Smith, on the substance abuse problem in the area; Dr. Dan McDougal, a local addictions specialist on addiction; Jescina Artis, director of Baltimore Substance Abuse System, on the consequences of substance abuse; local lawyer William Barton, on the legal aspects of drug testing; toxicologist Leroy Mell, Ph.D., on what testing can yield; and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Mark Warpness, in conclusion.

While it has been billed for business leaders, the seminar is aimed at any employer, said Art Callaham, executive director of The Greater Hagerstown Committee.

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Organizers are hoping 75 to 100 people will attend, though more can be accommodated, Callaham said.

Cost is $20, which will cover a continental breakfast and room rental, he said.

All of the speakers are donating their participation, Callaham said.

Any additional monies collected will be donated to the local Character Counts program, he said.

- Kerry Lynn Fraley

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