CASAC To Offer Training On Designer Drugs

“Designer Drugs Update: The New Alarming Trends” training sponsored by the Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20.

Government officials, treatment professionals and public safety personnel are continuously changing their strategies to combat the usage of emerging abused substances which have come to be called designer drugs. The CASAC training will explore the different types of designer drugs, including synthetic marijuana, bath salts and other analogues. Participants will be trained in the recognition of the signs and symptoms of their use, as well as the dangers associated with these drugs.

This training offering is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at the First Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Ave., Fredonia. Melanie Witkowski, prevention coordinator, will be presenting. There is a $30 fee. Pre-registration is required by calling CASAC at 664-3608 in Jamestown. Community members interested in the topic are welcome to attend.

The course qualifies for those seeking professional credentialing as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor; Credentialed Prevention Professional or Credentialed Prevention Specialist as approved by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. This course is OASAS approved for three hours CASAC (Section 2), CPP/CPS (Section 1). This course work is recognized and approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board through reciprocity

CASAC offers a number of professional training opportunities throughout the year. Individualized on-site training, depending upon staff needs, is available. All trainings can be designed either as an in-service training, conference or workshop.

CASAC is a not-for-profit, United Way partner agency. To register for the above course or to learn more about other training offerings CASAC may have available, contact Kathleen Colby at 664-3608, email at, or visit