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Drug education program set for Forestview

Posted: September 20, 2013 - 2:36pm

Drug education program set for Forestview

A Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge “Know the Truth” program is set at Forestview School for 7 p.m. Oct. 1 in Baxter. It is being conducted with the cooperation of the Crow Wing County Attorney’s office and Baxter and Brainerd police departments.

“Drug use begins early, and we want to educate parents and others how to detect the signs of drug use among adolescents,” said Sam Anderson, director of the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge center in Brainerd.

A special panel discussion with current or graduate clients of the program will be featured.

“These guys will share the secrets of how they hid their drug use,” Anderson said. “Each will represent different drugs, telling how they started, how they tried to cover up their use and the changes drugs made in their lives.”

Assistant County Attorney David Hermerding and the police chiefs will discuss the long-term legal aspects of how drug use impacts juveniles and their families as well as recent trends in drug issues impacting the community. A question and answer session will follow. The free and open-to-the public meeting begins at 7 p.m., and will run to approximately 8:15 p.m.

For almost 30 years, Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge has been restoring hope to people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Teen Challenge serves people with a broad spectrum of addiction issues offering effective and affordable shorter-term outpatient and residential licensed treatment programs, along with a distinctive long-term faith-based recovery program.

There are locations in the Twin Cities, Duluth and Brainerd, with a new Rochester location opening soon. The Brainerd center is located on South Sixth Street, and may be reached at 218-833-8777 or mntc.org.