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Forum on Teen Substance Abuse

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Thirty-eight percent of Missoula youth report they have used alcohol. Wednesday, community organizers held an open discussion about substance abuse issues in the valley.

One display showed parents things to look for when trying to determine if their teen has a substance abuse problem. It displayed things like bottle openers, empty pill bottles, electronic scales and social medial posts.

Officials say alcohol is the number one drug of choice among teens, and kids who drink are 50 times more likely to use cocaine than kids who have never had alcohol.

While drinking and driving is one of the leading causes of teen death one booth at Wednesday's session was trying to cut down on another teen problem: texting and driving.

"Really it is eight times more deadly," said Senior Nathan Anderson. "One simple text could end somebody's life and we're trying to stop that."

The Sentinel High School DECA club is the only one in the county in the running for a StateFarm grant that would help them cut down of distracted driving.  You can help them reach their goal by clicking here and searching for Sentinel High School. Voting ends Sunday.

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