National MAMa Conference speakers noted

May 2, 2011

in Local

Mothers Against Meth-amphetamine, (MAMa) held its fourth annual conference in Branson April 20 – 22. The conference this year was sponsored by the Sedalia MAMa chapter, said MAMa Executive Director Liz Rehmer.

Speakers for this year’s event were: Jeff Mittelhauser, Sedalia, Pettis County prosecutor– “The War on Drugs,” dealing with marijuana use in Pettis County; Steve Box, Piece City, author of “Meth=Sorcery;” Tim Medlin, Springfield, president of Missouri Narcotics Officers Association–”The Truth About Pseudo-ephedrine;”Jim Chappelle, M.A. LPC RASAP, Consulting, Life Coach and Psychotherapy, Sedalia–”Enabling the Addict;” Larry Parham, Sedalia Police patrolman and executive director of Gangs & Ribs International, LLC–”Gang Enforcement in Rural Missouri;” Dave Parnell, Dresden, Tenn., author of “Facing the Dragon.”–Personal testimony of addiction and methamphetamine prevention; Dr. Mary F. Holley OB-GYN, Arab, Ala., founder of MAMa and author–Spoke on “Cooks and Gangsters;” Dr. Jack Smart, Cape Girardeau, president of Teen Challenge International USA–”Where to Find Help for the Addict;” John Colligan, M.A., CASAC, State of Missouri Department of Corrections clinical director, Farmington Treatment Center–”The effects of substance abuse on the DOC;” Tiffany Eis, Hiawatha, Kan., Former addict, motivational and inspirational speaker–Personal testimony of meth addiction that lead to two strokes and the loss of her legs at age 30.

State Fair Community College offered 6.5 hours continuing education unit (CEU) credit, and law enforcement were offered peace officers standards and training (POST) credit for several of the presentations.

Twelve local members attended the conference including two board members — Dr. Donald Allcorn and Rev. Tim Rehmer.

The local MAMa chapter meets every other Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Broadway Baptist Church, 2119 East Broadway. Phone (660) 826-9310.

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