WEIRTON - A one-day conference addressing the rising drug problems in the region will take place in Weirton Tuesday, organized by Comfort House Child Advocacy Center and supported through a grant from the East Liverpool Hospital Community Foundation.
The conference, titled "Drugs, the Destroyer of Families," will take place 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-Weirton, and feature several speakers to discuss drugs and their impact on residents and the community.
The first discussion will be presented at 8:30 a.m. and feature Lori Moriarty, vice president of the National Alliance of Drug Endangered Children. Moriarty has a history of law enforcement in Colorado beginning in 1987. From 2000 to 2006, she was the commander of the North Metro Task Force, a multijurisdictional undercover drug unit. She joined the Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children in 2004, and the National DEC in 2006.
At 10:15 a.m., U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II will be on hand. Ihlenfeld has served as a prosecutor or assistant prosecutor in several local communities and counties, as well as being a member of the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.
Amanda Dietz will present "A Mother's Story," beginning at 2:30 p.m. The program case manager at Rea of Hope, a home for women in early recovery from addiction, Dietz is herself a recovering addict and the mother of two children.
Also scheduled to speak are James Stock and Jodie Mankowski, from the West Virginia Drug Courts.
Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., and will include a continental breakfast in the hotel lobby. Lunch also will be provided during the day.
For more information on the conference, contact Jim Penebaker at (304) 723-0083, or by email at Comforthouse@comcast.net.