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Decatur High hosting ‘Substance Abuse 101’ event

The front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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The front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Two prevention professionals will host an informational meeting at Decatur High on Sept. 7 about substance abuse.

It will be held at the school’s Performing Arts Center, located at 310 North McDonough Street. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

“Prevention professionals, Terrie Moore and Jessica Andrews-Wilson, will share information about substances commonly used by teens in Decatur and beyond, how young people obtain them and the signs and symptoms of drug use that parents need to be aware of,” the event announcement says. “They will share will also discuss strategies for talking with your kids about the risks of drinking and drug use and the importance of making smart choices regarding these substances.”

For more information about the Sept. 7 event, click here.

According to a recent student survey, Decatur High School seniors say they use alcohol at higher rates than students in DeKalb County, in Georgia and across the rest of the country. There was a “risky behaviors” forum at the High School in March. The concern about the problem led to the formation of the Decatur Parents Network, which is focused on addressing the issue. The Sept. 7 meeting is sponsored by DHS PTSA, Decatur Parents Network, and the Decatur Prevention Initiative.

Mariann Martin contributed to this story. 

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