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Annual Town Hall Meeting: 'It's Time - Have The Talk'

April 1, 2014, 7:16 AM by Stephanie Gregory

Annual Town Hall Meeting: 'It's Time - Have The Talk'
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The annual meeting is called "It's Time - Have the Talk". It's for parents and teens to attend to learn about the real dangers of alcohol and drug use.

Underage drinking and drug use is something nearly every parent wouldn't expect their teen to get into, but it can be a real problem. That is why a town hall meeting is being held Tuesday night at the O'Gorman Performing Arts Center.

"We want to open this up to as many people," O'Gorman Counselor Donna Carlson.

Carlson is partnering with Prairie View Prevention Services to bring this meeting to parents. The meeting is aimed at sparking a conversation between parents and students about drugs and alcohol.

"It might be something parents are uncomfortable having that conversation or when to have that conversation, we're hoping that the town hall meeting will give them that opportunity," Darcy Jensen with Prairie View Prevention said.

The town hall is being held now before prom and graduation season. Jensen and Carlson say the warmer weather is typically when more drinking and drug use happens in teens.

"The weather starts getting a little bit nicer, kids start coming out wanting to do more outdoor activities and it's also prom season. We want them to celebrate safely," Carlson said.

There will also be a panel at the town hall. It includes 2nd Circuit Judge Robin Houwman, South Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Alan Welsh, Dr. Jamie Chambers with Stronghold Counseling Services and Megan Myers with the American Heart Association.

The meeting is at O'Gorman Performing Arts Center Tuesday night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

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