Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley hosts educational opportunities for parents, students about substance use

By Taylor O'Connor

Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley formed in 2003 as the Drug and Alcohol Coalition to educate the community’s youth on tobacco, alcohol, and other substances.  Since then, the nonprofit has continued to address youth substance use by providing youth and parent educational opportunities, school organizations, and community wide events. It hosted its third annual Prevention Summit on May 31, said Gina Cortez, Fighting Back’s Tobacco Use Prevention Education program manager.  “Our goal is to provide up-to-date information to our attendees and members of the community...