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Oct. 26 talk at Oregon City High School to help prevent underage drinking and youth drug use

Oregon City Together is bringing two experts to town Oct. 26 to help parents, guardians, people working with youth and community members prevent underage drinking and youth drug use.

Galloway"These dynamic, engaging presentations are part of our community efforts to provide accurate, useful information to help keep kids healthy," said Paige Hirt, OCT program director, who adds that all parents and guardians, but especially those with middle schoolers and teens, will benefit from each speaker's experience and knowledge.

Karen Williams, who has a master's degree in social work, is passionate about shedding light on adolescent actions by explaining the latest neuroscience behind teen brain development and how drugs clearly impact that development. Known for her ability to describe the issues in easy-to-understand ways that apply to real life, she provides new information and tools to help youth (and their parents/guardians) successfully cope.

WilliamsAt 6-foot-9, Officer Jermaine Galloway is known as "the tall cop" where he works in Idaho. The only thing larger than his height is his expert knowledge in drug culture and trends. Galloway's considerable experience has led to his motto, "you can't stop what you don't know." He educates on current marketing tactics and logos, newest uses and products, clothing and paraphernalia, drug-related music and groups, to increase awareness of what to look for and do to keep kids safe.

Speakers present from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Oregon City High School Auditorium. A light dinner is provided from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Child care will be provided for ages 5 and up. In addition, Russian and Spanish translators will be onsite. It's all free. RSVP at octogether.org.

Event sponsors are the Oregon City Optimist Club, Clackamas Community College, Clackamas County, Haskett Orthodontics, Pamplin Media Group, Oregon City School District and Oregon City High School.