Piedmont College in Athens to host drug seminar

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Gang violence, prescription drug abuse and recovery, and human trafficking will be the topics of a one-day seminar for law enforcement agencies to be held May 13 at the Piedmont College Athens campus.

Sponsored by Piedmont College and the Atlanta Division of the U.S. Justice Department Drug Enforcement Administration, the conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is no charge for the seminar.

Sessions will examine “Human Trafficking/Sexual Exploitation of Teens,” “Victim Witness Assistance/Rights of Federal Crime Victims,” “Youth Gang Violence,” “and Prescription Drug Abuse Trends.”

The seminar is designed for law enforcement, academia, non-governmental organizations, health care professionals, social workers and other individuals interested in the topic of illicit drugs in the northeast Georgia area.

Speakers include Susan Coppedge, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Christie Jones, Victim Witness Coordinator, both with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia; Sgt. Brian K. McGee, Commander with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office; and Tom Bour, RN, with the Athens Regional Medical Center.

For additional information or to register, contact Mitzi Heck at Piedmont College in Athens at 706-548-8505, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit www.piedmont.edu/ath.