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Talk focuses on preventing student substance abuse

— Kids also seem to experience drugs at younger and younger ages, leading the reason for early intervention, she said.

“The age of onset has gone done over time and that is a concern that kids at younger ages are experiencing (drugs).”

Katie Pincher, parent of three children in Mohonasen Central School District, said what her 11-year-old son knows already surprises her.

“He is already being exposed to so much on the bus,” Pincher said. “It already scares me to death what he already knows.”

She said her son is rather “outspoken” so he tells her many of the things he hears, but she is unsure if this trend will continue as he gets older. By trying to keep an open line of communication, she hopes he’ll continue to talk about situations he faces.

“He will come him with many questions,” she said. “I am thankful he is outspoken and I don’t know if it is because he is a little younger that he is comfortable, but I am hoping the communication lines stay open.”

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