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Rochester Police: Teen Drug Use Rising

Created: 03/19/2014 10:58 PM KAALtv.com
By: Laura Lee

(ABC 6 News) --  It's a topic important for parents: the common use of drugs and alcohol among teens.

Wednesday night dozens of parents and staff filled the Lourdes High School forum for a presentation by the Rochester Police Department.

Officer Steven Beery spoke about the increase in use with illicit drugs and alcohol among teens.  He says parents need to keep an eye on their children's activity and start the discussion at home.

"We can do only so much with you know the 100 officers we have assigned to us, we need the community and parents to be involved and understand what is going on so they can make an impact with their kids,"  Beery said.

Officer beery also says he has seen an increase in violent crimes related to the sale and purchasing of drugs among high school students throughout Rochester.