Members of the public are encouraged to attend a panel discussion about the heroin epidemic with noted community leaders on Wednesday, January 11 from 7-8pm in the Mason High School Auditorium, 6100 Mason-Montgomery Road.
All Mason High School students will watch Chasing the Dragon on January 11 during their homerooms. “Chasing the Dragon” is a documentary produced by the FBI and DEA aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction. The Panel Discussion is an ideal time to talk together as a community about combating the heroin epidemic. The event is sponsored by Mason City Schools' Safe & Inviting Schools Committee.
· Samantha Frashier, MHS Class of 2005. Samantha is the proud mom of one-year old twin boys, and is celebrating 3 years of being drug-free. She has made it her mission to bring hope to addicts and their families, and is working to open a recovery center for women, The Nest, in Warren County.
· Judge Robert Peeler, Warren County Court of Common Pleas. Judge Peeler has received national recognition for his ground-breaking innovations in drug treatment options to fight the heroin epidemic in southwest Ohio. His program saves taxpayers dollars, and helps people who are addicted to heroin select a path to overcome their addiction and lead a drug free life.
· Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims. Sheriff Sims has been serving the people of Warren County since 2000, and was elected our Sheriff in 2008. The Warren County Drug Task Force, a multi-agency force including local, state and federal investigators, is administered through his office.
· Shelley Brown, LSW, LCDC III, Prevention and Education Specialist. Shelley is a licensed Social Worker and Chemical Dependency Counselor. She has worked in Warren County schools, Juvenile Court and the community for more than 24 years educating people about the dangers of substance abuse and promoting good mental health.
· Mason School Resource Officer Karli Dyer. Officer Dyer has more than a decade of law enforcement, and has spent the last seven years as the School Resource Officer at Mason City Schools.
· FBI Representative Special Agent in Charge John Barrios