2013-12-19 / News

Dozens attend townhall meeting on RX drug abuse


Lt. Dave Frisch of the Lapeer Police Dept. (right) addresses a question asked of him during the Tuesday evening townhall meeting held at the Lapeer Community Schools Administration Building. To his left were: Todd Angelbrandt, a counselor with the Lapeer County Health Dept.; Peggy Patten, executive director of the Lapeer chapter of Families Against Narcotics; and 40th Circuit Court Judge Byron Konschuh. 
Photo by Jeff Hogan Lt. Dave Frisch of the Lapeer Police Dept. (right) addresses a question asked of him during the Tuesday evening townhall meeting held at the Lapeer Community Schools Administration Building. To his left were: Todd Angelbrandt, a counselor with the Lapeer County Health Dept.; Peggy Patten, executive director of the Lapeer chapter of Families Against Narcotics; and 40th Circuit Court Judge Byron Konschuh. Photo by Jeff Hogan LAPEER — Despite snow-slickened roads Tuesday evening, a few more than 40 people attended a townhall meeting at the Lapeer Community Schools Administration Building where the topic of discussion was prescription drug abuse in Lapeer County.

Hosted by LCS, attendees included school district principals and staff, current and past students at LCS, Sheriff Ron Kalanquin, Det./Sgt. Jason Parks of the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept., a representative from Thumb Narcotics Unit, the county health department, state Rep. Kevin Daley, members and advocates of Families Against Narcotics and the general public.

Audience members were afforded the opportunity to write out questions that were addressed by six panelists gathered for what (sister paper to the Lapeer Area View) intends to be among several more to be held throughout the county in coming months related to subscription and street narcotic drug consumption and abuse.

Panelists at Tuesday’s meeting included: LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie, 40th Circuit Court Judge Byron Konschuh, Lapeer County Prosecutor Tim Turkelson, Lt. Dave Frisch of the Lapeer Police Dept., Todd Angelbrandt of the county health department, and Peggy Patten, executive director of the Lapeer chapter of Families Against Narcotics.

The meeting was moderated by Jeff Hogan, editor of The County Press and Lapeer Area View.

Look to Sunday’s County Press for a more detailed story on the prescription drug abuse meeting, including comments and observations from the panelists.

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