Media Advisory - Prescott-Russell Coalition Against Drugs

"Les drogues : Êtes-vous au courant? / Drugs: Did you know?"

ROCKLAND, ON, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - The Prescott and Russell Coalition Against Drugs in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will be hosting a news conference in conjunction with its 2009 Drug Awareness Conference "Les drogues : Êtes-vous au courant? / Drugs: Did you know?" Topics to be covered at the news conference include illegal drug laboratories, the impact of methamphetamine on the community and the formation of the Prescott and Russell Coalition Against Drugs.

    Date:               Wednesday, October 28, 2009
    Time:               0730 hrs (7:30 a.m.)
    Location:           River Rock Inn
                        2808 Chamberland Street, Rockland, Ontario

    Scheduled Speakers: Ken Hill - Mayor of Russell Township
                        Dan Mathieson - mayor of the City of Stratford
                        Supt. Jennifer Stachan - RCMP "O" Division (Ontario)
                        North East District Commander

Drug traffickers have shifted their tactics and unfortunately Canada is now a source country for the production of illicit drugs, such as methamphetamine and ecstasy. These drugs are made with toxic chemicals in make-shift laboratories hidden in our neighbourhoods and they pose a serious threat to public safety. The reality is drug traffickers do not respect the dangers associated to the toxic chemicals and this often leads to tragic consequences such as fire, explosion and severe environmental pollution. Regrettably, these risks also have a profound effect on those who are the most vulnerable - drug endangered children.

A complete meth lab (non-functioning) will be on display and there will be opportunities for one on one interviews with subject matter experts following the press conference.

SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police

For further information: For further information: Sgt. Marc Laporte, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, "O" Division (Ontario), Media Relations Coordinator, Office (519) 640-7302, Mobile (416) 992-4409; Cpl. Caroline Poulin, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, "A" Division (National Capital Region), Media Relations Coordinator, Office (613) 993-9902, Cell: (613) 612-2482

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