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Tazewell County professionals learn about teen drug culture

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Tanya Koonce
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Peoria Public Radio

The Tazewell Teen Initiative hosted a "You can’t STOP what you don’t know" workshop Thursday in an effort to help educate parents, and professionals on the current trends in teen drug use. 

Jermaine Galloway is a police officer and a consultant on the changing nature of illegal drugs. He says the best way to combat teen drug use is to know what to look for and what is commonly used.

"The stuff from the 60’s is still here. But not probably on the level it was then. It looks different. It’s more colorful. It has different names and terms with it. All that stuff changes and that’s the hard part for us is staying on top of that. So that’s what I do. I sort of bridge that gap for parents. ”

Galloway says the drugs most commonly abused today are also more potent than ever before.