Youngsville VFD holds substance abuse info workshop

Tall Cop is coming to Youngsville to help community members recognize substance use and abuse.

Officer Jermaine Galloway, who stands six-feet nine-inches tall, will bring the Tall Cop Says Stop: High in Plain Sight program to the Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 20.

The workshop is free and open to parents and guardians.

“This session is unique in that it provides over 120 visual aids for attendees to hold and become familiar with,” according to Galloway. “In today’s culture, everything is person-specific and has different meanings to different individuals. To help prevent youth and adult substance abuse, you must know what is going on in your community.”

In the workshop, Galloway will go over numerous topics: alcohol and drug clothing, alcoholic energy drinks, alcopops, alcohol and drug concealment methods and containers, drug paraphernalia, drug-related music and groups, logos, stickers, new technology, youth party tendencies, party games, non-traditional alcoholic beverages, e-cigarettes, and popular party drugs.

“Join us for a presentation of what is in our community, and how we can work together to stop it,” Galloway said.

More information about the event is available by contacting Youngsville Borough Police Chief Todd Mineweaser at (814) 563-7555 or Forest-Warren Mental Wellness Association System of Care Director Stephanie Sturdevant at (814) 726-8431 or