Treasure Valley Youth Substance Prevention FORUM


This training has already been completed, but check back for opportunities in the future, and look through this page to see what we have done in the past. 

2019 Treasure Valley Youth Substance Prevention Forum

 The Treasure Valley Youth Substance Prevention Forum will provide information surrounding e-cigarettes, regional drug threat assessments, youth suicide and violence, marijuana and mental illness, the adolescent brain, underage drinking, current status of prescription medications and outreach, and local prevention strategies. Presenters are comprised of addiction psychiatrists, researchers, youth, and representatives from Idaho State University, Boise Police Department, Idaho State Police, and health education specialists. The objective of the forum is to enhance the knowledge of professionals involved in youth development and to provide updated and new information to the substance abuse conversation in Idaho. 

Tuesday, October 29th presenters:

Cody Orchard, Health Education Specialist


Cloud Chasing: A closer look at the e-cigarette epidemic

This presentation about e-cigarettes will cover a brief history, how they have changed in the last 10 years, potential dangers, what chemicals we are seeing in the new generation e-cigarettes, current studies by universities, and how e-cigarette companies are marketing to the youth.


Mr. Orchard is a Health Education Specialist in the Magic Valley and has a Bachelor's degree in Health Education from Boise State University. Currently, he focuses on Tobacco Education, Prevention and Smoking cessation classes. For more than two years he has been researching and teaching e-cigarette/vaping education to parents, teachers, and students at local high schools in Southern Idaho.

Chris Gibson, Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area


Chris Gibson was appointed as the Oregon-Idaho (previously Oregon) HIDTA Executive Director on November 1, 2006. On February 5, 2015 Chris was recognized by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy with an Outstanding Support to the National HIDTA Program award during the 2015 National HIDTA Conference in Washington, D.C. Chris was again recognized by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy with the Edward Williams Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2018 National HIDTA Conference in Washington, D.C.

Prior to his appointment as Oregon HIDTA Director, Chris served for 18 years in local law enforcement and achieved the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. Chris graduated in 1990 from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in the Administration of Justice and again in 2011 with an Executive Master Degree in Public Administration. Chris is also a graduate of the 205th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy.

Chad Wigington, Violent Crime Unit Boise Police Department


Chad began his career in law enforcement in 1997 as level 1 Reserve Police Officer in Twin Falls. He became a full time Officer in 1999 with the Twin Falls Police Dept. He was member of the SWAT team and motorcycle traffic team and then a general crimes detective until 2005 when he moved to Boise. During his 14 years at Boise PD, he has been a Crime Scene Investigator, Motorcycle Officer, Field Training Officer, Special Olympics volunteer, Police Athletic League Volunteer and for the last nine years has worked in the Criminal Investigation Division as a violent crimes detective. His case load includes homicides, suicides, robberies, aggravated batteries and assaults. Also cases include, felony domestic violence, elder abuse and missing persons. He believes that attitude is everything in this world. And with the right one, anything is possible!

thursday, november 7th presenters:

Dr. Elizabeth "Libby" Stuyt, Addiction Psychiatrist


Dr. Stuyt is a board certified Addiction Psychiatrist and has worked in the addiction/behavioral health field since 1990. She has been the Medical Director for the Circle Program, a 90-day inpatient treatment program, funded by the state of Colorado, for persons with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse who have failed other levels of treatment since 1999. She was instrumental in helping the Circle Program to become tobacco free in January 2000 and has been a strong advocate of the need to address all addictions at the same time, including tobacco, in order to improve outcomes. She has been actively incorporating complementary treatments into treatment programs, including the 5-point ear acupuncture NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol and BST (Brain Synchronization Therapy), to help patients recover from addiction as well as trauma which often underlie addiction and chronic pain issues.

Her current mission is to educate as many people as possible on the un-intended consequences of the commercialization of marijuana in Colorado, focusing primarily on the deleterious effects of high potency THC on the developing brain.

Alex Berenson, #1 NY Times Best-Selling Author


After graduating from Yale University in 1994 with degrees in history and economics, Alex Berenson joined the Denver Post as a reporter. In 1999, he joined The New York Times. At the Times, he covered everything from the drug industry to Hurricane Katrina; in 2003 and 2004, he served two stints as a correspondent in Iraq, an experience that led him to write The Faithful Spy, his debut novel, which won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel. He left the Times in 2010 to devote himself to writing fiction. But conversations with his wife led him to begin researching the science around cannabis and mental illness, a project that became the book Tell Your Children, published in January 2019.

He has now written twelve John Wells novels and two non-fiction books, The Number and Tell Your Children. Alex lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife, Dr. Jacqueline Berenson, a forensic psychiatrist, and their children.

Tuesday, november 12 presenters:

Dr. Linda Chamberlain, Ph.D. MPH

The Amazing Adolescent Brain


Scientist, author, professor, dog musher, and founder of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project, Dr. Linda Chamberlain is an internationally recognized keynote speaker on the brain and stress, childhood adversities (ACEs and family violence) and the amazing adolescent brain. She is known for her abilities to translate science into practical tools with diverse audiences. Her current work focuses on brain-body strategies that work with the brain from the bottom-up to address how stress and trauma are stored in the body. Certified in several practices to promote resilience, self-regulation and well-being, she demonstrates simple strategies and skills for children, adolescents and families. Dr. Chamberlain taught at the University of Alaska and earned public health degrees from Yale School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of the Amazing Brain Series and many other national resources. Recognition for her work includes a Scientist Scholar with the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, a National Kellogg Leadership Fellowship, an Alaska Women of Achievement Award and the Inaugural Scattergood Foundation Scholar on Child Behavioral Health. 

tuesday, november 19th presenters:

Sam Ketchum, Idaho State Police


Lieutenant Sam Ketchum was hired by the Idaho State Police in October of 1999.  He started in Lewiston, ID as a District car before transferring to District Three Meridian.  He was a District Three metro car for two years prior to helping set up and run ISP’s first Dedicated DUI team.  Since that time he has been promoted to Lieutenant in Alcohol Beverage Control with assignments as an Advanced Academy Instructor, Patrol Sergeant and was the Statewide Impaired Driving Coordinator.  He currently is a Master Drug Recognition Instructor, Master DUI/SFST Instructor and holds other certificates for instructing other disciplines.  He has taught classes to not only Law Enforcement Officers from around the Northwest, but also Teachers, Medical Professionals, students and other professionals.

Idaho State University Generation Rx Representatives

The mission of Generation Rx is to educate people of all ages about the potential dangers of misusing prescription medications. In doing so, we strive to enhance medication safety among our youth, college students, other adults in our communities, and older adults. Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm – especially when misused.

DrugFree Idaho Youth Coalition Representatives

The DrugFree Idaho Youth Coalition is comprised of local youth who are dedicated to promoting a drug-free culture in their school and community. Members work on tasks like the annual Red Ribbon Rally, education campaigns, and Natural High campaign.