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MADISON — As Wisconsin continues to fight against drug abuse, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen would like to call attention to its impact on children. Today marks Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Awareness Day -- a day to raise awareness about the warning signs of drug abuse and ways to help children who are at risk of physical, emotional and developmental harm due to their environment. Nearly two dozen counties and several tribes already have DEC programs, and several more are in development in other communities.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) is one of several partners in the Wisconsin Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (DEC), which is a multidisciplinary approach to protecting children found in dangerous drug environments. DEC programs include individuals in law enforcement and prosecutors' offices, human services, schools and non-profits, and the medical and health communities.
“People who use, manufacture, or traffick drugs selfishly care more about their habit or their criminal enterprise than about the needs of the children in their care,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “Through extensive cooperation, the DEC programs across Wisconsin serve the most innocent of victims in a myriad of essential ways.”
If you suspect a child is at risk, notify law enforcement. For a listing of the federal, state and local agencies involved and more information about the Wisconsin Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, including how to develop one in your community, visit the following link: http://www.wisconsindec.org/