Generations Bank underwrites NYS Dare Officer’s Annual Training for Third Year in a Row
“Substance abuse is a major public health problem. Abuse affects approximately 61% of youths age 12-17 years. Nearly half of these young users go on to be adult-users and some become addicts. The transition from recreational use to dependence and addiction can occur at any age.”, according to Lynn Riemer, president of ACT on Drugs, Inc.
Riemer, a forensic chemist and law enforcement investigator, was the guest speaker for the New York State DARE Officers’ Association Annual Training held at the Holiday Inn on Friday in Waterloo. The one-day seminar, “Back to School – What Every Law Enforcement and School Professional Should Know About Teen Drug Abuse”, was sponsored by New York State Sheriffs’ Institute and corporate partner, Generations Bank.
Also known as the “Martha Stewart of meth labs”, Riemer, a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and advocate, travels across the country educating children, families, and communities on issues and hazards of illicit drug use and substance abuse. NYSDOA’s training included discussions on new teen drug trends, today’s marijuana and the teen brain and prescription drugs, opiates and heroin information
More than 240 law enforcement officers and educators from across the state attended the daylong event. Representing more than 40 law enforcement agencies, 35 school districts and 26 prevention agencies, law enforcement and school officials were there from Auburn, Canandaigua, Clyde-Savannah, Geneva, Jordan-Elbridge, Moravia, Penn Yan, Phelps-Clifton Springs, Port Byron, Romulus, Seneca Falls, Southern Cayuga, Union Springs and Waterloo.
“We are confident that today’s seminar will provide valuable information local law enforcement officers, school officials and service providers will take away and use to keep our kids safe and their communities strong.”, noted Andrew Yessman, NYSDOA president.
Schuyler County Sheriff William Yessman was honored during the training session with NYSDOA Civic Leadership Award for his commitment, support and inspiration “to keep our kids and communities safe”.
John Nedza, NYSDOA training coordinator, said as D.A.R.E. officers, school resource officers and school officials, education is the number one tool in fighting against substance abuse. Anything we can do to coordinate our efforts and collaborate around prevention, will help our children. “Sheriff Yessman recognizes this and chooses to dedicate his time and efforts initiatives that educate officers in the field and educators in schools. We are also grateful for the support we have received from our corporate sponsor, Generations Bank. With today’s training, we reach many smaller police agencies and schools that may not have the resources to hear a national recognized speaker like Lynn Riemer. This would not have been possible without Generations Bank.” Generations Bank was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation, accepted at the event by President & CEO Menzo D. Case.
Lynn Riemer, president of ACT on Drugs, Inc., has a regional and National reputation as a speaker, trainer, and advocate on the issues related to substance abuse. As an experienced chemist and prior member of the North Metro Drug Task Force in Colorado, her experience and engaging style brings a real, personal, and vivid face to the issues presented by illicit drug use. Lynn speaks regularly with students, community child advocacy groups, industrial and professional groups, and employees of local and State governmental agencies about drug awareness, recognition, and prevention. Her presentations cover all abused-substances, including legal and illegal drugs, plant material, and synthetic “designer drugs”. Lynn also targets methamphetamine including information on recognizing in-home clandestine “meth-labs” and discusses the dangers these laboratories present to children living in the homes and the devastating and dangerous effects these “meth-labs” have on the home and the community.
Lynn has co-chaired the Drug Endangered Children program, as well as worked to create new laws protecting children who are living in homes where meth is manufactured. She is a co-author of the book “The Methamphetamine Crisis: Strategies to Save Addicts, Families, and Communities,” and received the Community Champion for Children Award from Adams & Broomfield CASA in 2010. While working with the North Metro Drug Task Force she developed intensive programs used to train emergency and community service workers in the handling of hazardous waste and the management of clandestine labs. Additionally, she has been a member of governmental committees to create regulations for meth clean up in the state of Colorado.
Lynn has traveled nation-wide and trained over 225,000 people. Audiences have included employees of companies in the oil/gas industries, real estate firms, and the Colorado Association of Realtors. She has also worked with National Jewish Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Denver, Kaiser Permanente Pharmacists, EMS World Expo, International Coroner’s and Medical Examiners, the Colorado Department of Human Services and multiple child advocacy groups including several State CASA groups and Foster Parents, National CASA, and Volunteers for Youth Justice. Other audiences have included Probation and Parole Officers, Department of Youth Corrections, the Colorado School Safety Resource Center, Colorado Sheriff’s Association, several Colorado EMS Agencies, Colorado Emergency Planning Commission, and the Fire and Life Safety Educators of Colorado. She has presented drug awareness teaching sessions to elementary, middle-school, high-school students, and school staff in over 70% of the school districts in Colorado.