Know the Truth, the substance abuse prevention program of Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge announced they will be hosting a community forum event on Jan. 22nd specifically tailored for Wright County.
“Communities cannot continue to stand by watching helplessly as dangerous drugs ravage their neighborhoods. In order to curb the violent trend of addiction, communities must unite and raise awareness to prevent addiction before it starts and address it where it already is,” said Adam Pederson, Director of Strategic Partnerships at MnTC.
The event is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Buffalo High School’s Performing Arts Center, located at 877 Bison Blvd., Buffalo.
Community members are invited to attend and listen to young adults from Wright County share their personal stories of substance abuse, and how their recreational drug use evolved into addiction. Hear from Wright County Sheriff, Joe Hagerty, DEA Agent, Daniel Moren, and other law enforcement officers, County Attorney, Tom Kelly and prevention professionals from Know the Truth as they address current local drug trends, root causes of addiction, and means of intervention.
“Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet,” said Wright County Sheriff, Joe Hagerty. Many lives are being destroyed and even ended due to the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. According to the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse, 9 out of 10 Americans who meet medical criteria for addiction started smoking, drinking, or using other drugs before age 18. This statistic could ring true in the Wright County area as well. When poling area high school students, Know the Truth surveys revealed that 21% reported abusing illegal drugs.
“This community forum is an opportunity for all parents, teachers, and youth leaders to learn the most current methods of talking to their kids about drug use, spotting warning signs, and about the root causes of addiction,” Pederson said.
CEU’s are available.