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Know the Truth Announces Fall 2018 Community Forums

October 1, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 1, 2018--As part of their fall 2018 series, Know the Truth, the substance-use prevention program of Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, will host three forums designed to educate community leaders, parents and concerned adults about teen substance use. The events will give community members an opportunity to hear firsthand how substance use can affect their families, offer participants a chance to learn more about current substance use trends and signs of use through hands-on experiences with Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge’s interactive exhibit “Cracking the Code on Teen Substance Use,” and provide participants with tools to prevent youth substance use. This is an important need considering the vast majority of Americans who struggle with addiction started smoking, drinking, or using drugs before age 18.

The Nicollet County forum, taking place Oct. 3 will also include a simultaneous program for young people from grades seven through twelve, where Know the Truth presenters will share their personal struggles with substance use. This peer-to-peer format allows students to open up and helps Know the Truth bridge the gap between the students and the parents and community leaders who support them.

Additionally, two of the forums – Nicollet County on Oct. 3 and Ramsey County on Nov. 1 – will include a drug take back event. Participants will learn how to safeguard their medicine cabinet and be given the opportunity to properly dispose of any unused or unwanted prescriptions. This is critical because 72 percent of people who misuse prescriptions took them from friends or family.

2018 Community Forum Dates:

Nicollet County Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 5 - 8:30 p.m. St. Peter High School - 2121 West Broadway Ave. St. Peter, MN

Ramsey County Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. White Bear Lake District Office - 4855 Bloom Ave. White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Ramsey County Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Bethel University - 3900 Bethel Dr. St. Paul, MN 55112

“Our multipronged approach to prevention has seen significant success,” says Tracee Anderson, director of prevention and community engagement at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. “In addition to working in the schools educating students about the risks of using drugs and alcohol, we inform parents, teachers and community members about the most current drug trends, signs to look for, and ways to intervene if necessary. The county attorney, sheriff and local law enforcement are often key partners in the events.”

Know the Truth began hosting community forums in Anoka County in 2014 after a significant increase in opioid overdoses, and has hosted additional forums in communities around Minnesota ever since. Through this community forum series, Know the Truth has reached thousands of Minnesotans and spread the message of prevention.

Nicollet County Attorney Michelle Zehnder Fischer says, “We need everyone in the community to be aware of the signs and symptoms. We’re going to need support from everyone to address addiction.”

CEUs are available for law enforcement, educators, nurses, social workers and other professionals.

About Know the Truth Know the Truth (KTT) is the substance-use prevention program of Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. KTT works within Minnesota communities to help prevent teenage substance use by sharing personal stories about the struggles with addiction and by presenting students with information about the dangers of alcohol and drug use. Each year, KTT speaks in more than 160 high schools and middle schools reaching over 60,000 students.

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CONTACT: Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge

Tracee Anderson, 715-441-4971

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Cassie Roman, 262-510-5624

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