January 09, 2019 10:26 PM
(ABC 6 News ) -- Drugs and alcohol remain a growing issue among our youth and a public forum brought members of law enforcement, school officials and parents together to help create more awareness.
Members from the Olmsted County Sheriffs Office came out Wednesday to present facts to parents about the latest trends with drugs and alcohol and how to spot early warning signs. It's part of their ten-week D.A.R.E program for students in Stewartville Public Schools. Experts also talked about sex trafficking and drug addictions among youth.
Sheriff Kevin Torgerson says these events prove, it really does take a village to help raise a child. "This is what's happening right now in your schools, on the streets, and in our neighborhoods and that is the key to this, it's so important that we as adults pay more attention to what's going on," said Torgerson
Stewartville parent Lacie Tingesdal says she has a teen and knowing that the community is working together to help keep her child safe, is so important.
"I think the more eyes and voices and influences you can have with children makes a huge difference, it's one thing to hear it from us as a parent, but to hear it from people in the community, their teachers, everyone, it makes a huge difference to them," said Tingesdal
Their next awareness meeting with parents will be in Byron in February.
Updated: January 09, 2019 10:26 PM
Created: January 09, 2019 09:26 PM
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