Det. Lt. George Sailer discusses illegal drug issues facing Michigan communities during a meeting with UP Michigan officials.

Illegal substances are a costly problem both financially and with regard to preserving quality of life within Michigan communities. During the Michigan Municipal League's 2012 Convention taking place October 3-5 on Mackinac Island we will have an eye-opening presentation for local officials about this dynamic, adaptable and formidable force trending everywhere.

Detective Lieutenant George Sailer, Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) will give the presentation Thursday, Oct. 4 about highly addictive modern meth, bath salts, K-2, spice and other trending drugs available to our school-age kids. These are the drugs responsible for erratic and deadly behavior, increasing crime, hazardous contamination sites, and neglected/abused children in our neighborhoods. Also in this sessions you’ll learn what law enforcement needs from local officials to help reduce and prevent this activity in your town. This presentation will educate and motivate.

Check out the full Convention agenda and more detailed list of topics to be discussed, including a discussion on some of the controversial ballot issues that may appear on the November ballot, new laws regarding cell towers, how to secure grant funding for your community, how governments can address illegal drugs in their communities, collaborative innovation by Jeff DeGraff, walkable urbanism from Chris Leinberger, how to build resilient communities by Chuck Marohn, thinking global for local issues by Clarence Anthony, using art and creativity to drive our state forward by Jennifer Goulet, local finance issues and strategies, and community design and sustainability. Be sure to register by Friday, Sept. 7 to get the early bird discount.

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