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Montgomery, AL – Parents, faculty, and even some students attended The Wilcox County Parent Forum on Marijuana on September 6, 2016 at Wilcox County Central High School.  The event was hosted by The Council on Substance Abuse- NCADD (COSA-NCADD) to raise awareness about youth marijuana use.

COSA-NCADD provided information on underage drinking and underage substance abuse. Literature on marijuana and its effects on youth was also provided.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Motivational Speaker Stephan Idris Mambazo was the guest presenter for the forum. He shared his childhood and life experiences with substance abuse, violence, and incarceration. “Marijuana is socialized in our minds like it is the norm” Mambazo stated as he began his presentation. “Many children become exposed to alcohol and drugs in the home.”

Mr. Mambazo also talked about the importance of community and parental involvement in regards to substance abuse. “The community has to take a level of responsibility. We have to put our hope in greater things” said Mambazo. “And parents, if you want to help your children, take the time to really get to know yourself.”

Wilcox Central High School Principal Mr. Duane Hale felt that this forum was helpful to parents. “Mr. Mambazo used a real world perspective on what happened in his personal life and how he still prevailed. His real life experience will help parents connect with their children more.”

The mission of COSA-NCADD is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of the disease of alcoholism, other drug addiction diseases, and related problems. For more information about COSA- NCADD call 334-262-1629 or visit

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