Health, drug abuse programs scheduled

Published 10:21 am Friday, August 4, 2017

Two regional campaigns to promote health and safety have been organized.

The first is the Western Tidewater Community Services Board partnering with the Isle of Wight Wellness Coalition. The two organizations are presenting “Isle of Wight Wellness Day: Celebrate Greatness in Small Places.”

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., and will be up at the Smithfield Skating Rink, 200 Wimbledon Lane, Smithfield. In additional to the skating — the first 150 people will be able to skate for free — there will be vendors, a DJ and music, food, raffles, as well as presentations by Smithfield Police Chief Alonzo Howell and Dr. Carletta Perry, supervisor for Wellness and Prevention Services, UPLIFT Wellness Center.


Western Tidewater Community Services Board and The Suffolk Wellness Coalition are uniting for “Just Say No! Taking Our Community Back.” This program will be on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and will take place in the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, 110 Finney Ave., Suffolk.

This program is described as “an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse.”

The FBI’s documentary, “Chasing the Dragon” will be shown, and a panel of professionals will be included.

“Revive! An Opiod Overdose Training” will also be presented. Food and raffles will be included.

For more information on either event, contact Perry at 408-6056 or