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Community members discuss ways to help those affected by substance abuse

Community members discuss ways to help those affected by substance abuse

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - One of every three people under the age of 21 in our community admits to illegally drinking alcohol.  Members of the community got a chance Tuesday night to learn how they can make a difference in the life of a young person dealing with substance abuse.

Those on hand for the community conversation Tuesday at Viterbo University  heard stories from  those affected by underage drinking and what it can lead to. The goal of Tuesday's meeting was to leave the community with ideas and resources on how they can help prevent and deal with the impact of substance abuse.

"What we really wanted to highlight tonight was the importance of protective factors and relationship building and so a lot of the community organizations that come together to really facilitate those relationships and to make impact on young peoples lives early on so that their substance abuse doesn't follow them the rest of their life," said Quinn Devlin of the La Crosse County Prevention Network.

Quinn also says in a recent survey, 98 percent of parents do not want their underage children to drink.

Nonetheless, about one-third of kids do drink by the time they are eighteen.

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