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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Urges Communities to Remember "Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Awareness Day"


April 24 is national DEC Awareness Day


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen would like to call attention to the impact of manufacturing, trafficking and abuse of drugs on Wisconsin’s children by recognizing today as Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Awareness Day. “DEC Awareness Day” is designed to raise awareness of the warning signs of drugs in a child’s environment and of ways to help children who are at risk of physical, emotional and developmental harm due to their environment. More than two dozen Wisconsin counties and several tribes already have DEC programs, and several more are in development in other communities.


“We know how drugs can impact communities through other types of crime,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “But it’s vitally important that we also recognize the devastating impact drugs have on those who are least able to speak up – our children. DEC programs across Wisconsin allow various agencies and interests to team up to get drug endangered children the services and resources they need at the most critical time.”


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. 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: