Modesto Junior College has hosted a number of worthwhile public presentations this fall, including speakers on fracking and groundwater. Next week, theres another program of great interest for our region. MJCs Civic Engagement Project will present a free screening of the documentary film The Meth Epidemic at 7 p.m. Thursday in Forum 110 on the East Campus. The film, from the PBS show Frontline, investigates the story behind a drug that ravages individuals, families, and communities. Here in Stanislaus County, methamphetamine addiction is a key factor in our high rate of auto thefts. And among people who entered drug treatment programs in the last year, meth was identified as the addiction for 35percent.
Following the film, there will be a panel discussion featuring Chris Adams, a local police officer in the narcotics division, as well as Charles Yarnell, who works in Stanislaus Countys Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.