Workshops on alcohol and drug abuse are being held this month in each of the eight wards by the D.C. Department of Human Services.

Designed to provide information on preventing alcohol and drug abuse, the workshops also will give residents a chance to provide information and suggestions concerning problems in their neighborhoods. The workshops also will include a presentation on the current PCP problem in the city.

Workshop participants will be encouraged to take part in continuing ward task forces, which will help coordinate substance abuse prevention efforts in their communities.

"It is out desire not just to have another conference to talk about this problem, but to begin planning and organizing our communities to change this situation," said Dr. Lonnie E. Mitchell, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Administration administrator.

No prior registration is required for the free workshops, and breakfast and lunch will be provided. The following workshops will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m:

Ward 1 -- Sept. 15, All Souls Unitarian Church, 16th and Harvard streets NW.

Ward 3 -- Sept. 12, Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Ward 4 -- Sept. 26, People's Congregational Church, 4704 13th St. NW.

Ward 5 -- Sept. 19, Lamond Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE.

Ward 6 -- Sept. 29, Union Temple Baptist Church, 2002 14th St. SE.

Ward 7 -- Sept. 8, Kenilworth Parkside Recreation Center, 4300 Anacostia Ave. NE.

Ward 8 -- Sept. 22, Old Congress Heights Elementary School, 3100 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE.