March 3, 2006
Rebecca K. Swift, assistant director of Drug Demand Reduction Programs for the Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, will present “Drug Endangered Children” on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue, on the Morningside College campus. The free event is sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS). The public is invited.
Swift will provide an overview of the impact of parental drug use on children, focusing on the use of alcohol, marijuana, and methamphetamines. The presentation will also include information on drug exposure before and after birth, psychosocial development of children, and coping mechanisms children use to deal with a drug-addicted parent.
Swift is a certified prevention specialist with 20 years of experience in substance abuse prevention education. She is a frequent presenter on methamphetamine and other drug use, the impact of drug use on children, ways of establishing a drug-free workplace, and coalition development for the prevention of drug use. She collaborated on several anti-drug projects including a CD-ROM and Internet-based methamphetamine education program titled “Life or Meth: What’s the Cost?” a multimedia curriculum titled “Creating a Drug-Free Workplace,” and the program manual for the Iowa Substance Abuse Free Environment (SAFE) Community Anti-Drug Coalition, among others.
Swift is a member of the board of directors of Face It Together, a state-wide, grassroots, anti-drug coalition in Iowa; the Iowa Substance Abuse Certification Committee on Prevention; and the Iowa Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Alliance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
For more information, contact Morningside’s office of Public Relations at (712) 274-5320.