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Underage drinking to be discussed at Decatur Town Hall Meeting

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Underage drinking to be discussed at Decatur Town Hall Meeting

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The Solarium at the historic Scottish Rite building in Oakhurst. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt

The Solarium at the historic Scottish Rite building in Oakhurst. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt

Decatur Police, along with substance abuse professionals, will speak at a town hall meeting at The Solarium in Oakhurst Wednesday night to discuss underage drinking.

A press release for the meeting says, “Half of Decatur middle and high school students were recently surveyed about their alcohol use. Twenty-two percent of 10th graders and 42 percent of 12th graders reported having consumed alcohol in the past 30 days. Fifteen percent of 10th graders and 23 percent of 12th graders reported binge drinking in the past 30 days. We have an issue in our community that we need to talk about.”

The Decatur Prevention Initiative (DPI), a community-based organization, is hosting the town hall meeting Wednesday, August 19, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at The Solarium at 321 West Hill Street in Decatur. The theme is “Bringing Awareness to Underage Drinking.”

Guest speakers will be:

  • Lt. Jennifer Ross, Decatur Police Department
  • Wendy Jefferson, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Diane Hill, Juvenile Court of DeKalb County
  • Terrie Moore, Decatur Prevention Initiative

For more information on the meeting, contact DPI’s Terrie Moore (770-843-9698) or Dee Anderson (770-875-7126).

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Dena Mellick

Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.

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