March 5, 2024

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

Alabama ABC Board to Host Substance Abuse Youth Summit

     Government agencies, educators, prosecutors, law enforcement, children’s advocacy groups, juvenile court officials, medical professionals, social workers, counselors and many others who fight to protect and help keep alcohol and other drugs out of the hands of Alabama’s youth will be meeting in Montgomery next month to discuss trends, strategies and long-term solutions to the problems of underage drinking and substance abuse. The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will host the “Alabama Substance Abuse Youth Summit” or “Alabama SAYS”, Tuesday, April 9, 2024, on the campus of Frazer Church, 6000 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, AL 36117.

     In addition to discussions, attendees will hear from several subject matter experts, including Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall; Sue Thau, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA); Dr. Carmela Drake, NAADAC U.S. Addictions Educator of the Year;  Elana Merriweather, Alabama Department of Mental Health; Nathan Wray, Prevention Coordinator, Roane County (TN) Anti-Drug Coalition; and more.

      The fourth Alabama Substance Abuse Youth Summit (SAYS) is being made possible through a generous grant from the National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association and by the support and assistance of the Alabama ABC Board, Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education, Alabama Department of Education, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Alabama Department of Transportation, Baldwin County Drug Education Council, Covington County Children’s Policy Council, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Alabama, Turning Point DV/SA Services and the Shelby County Juvenile Court. 

        Conference attendance is free of charge and participants are eligible for Continuing Education Units and Continuing Legal Education Credits. 

       To learn more about the Alabama Substance Abuse Youth Summit and/or to register for the conference, please visit, click on the registration bar at the bottom of the page, fill out the form, and hit “Submit”.  Attendance is limited to the first 400 registrants.




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