District attorney to talk about dangers of prescription drugs at Pleasanton forum

March 18 event is part of cityseries of education programs sponsored by city

The City of Pleasanton's Free Community Education Series continues on Wednesday, March 18 with a special presentation for parents and students entitled "What Every Parent Needs to Know: The Dangers of Prescription Drugs."

The program will take place from 6-9 p.m. at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.

The event is presented in coordination with the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse, Mothers With a Purpose, and the Pleasanton Council Parent Teacher Association.

This in-depth look at the prescription drug epidemic among California teens and how it impacts communities will begin with a screening of the film "Behind the Orange Curtain," which depicts both the enormity of the problem and possible calls to action for parents and voters.

Following the film will be a panel discussion about prescription drug abuse by teens, moderated by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley.

Panelists will include April Rovero, founder of the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse, Kelly Dunsmore from Mothers with a Purpose, Jason Lechner, program director of Muir Wood teen addiction treatment center in Petaluma, Pleasanton Police Chief Dave Spillar and Pleasanton Police Officer Ryan Tujague.

Students are also encouraged to attend the program, which is best suited for those in at least fifth grade. To register for this free event, visit and enter course number 60229.

The Community Education Series was developed by the Pleasanton Community Services staff in conjunction with the city's Youth Commission.

For more information, email, or call (925) 931-5359.

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