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


April 23rd is National DEC Awareness Day


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen would like to call attention to the impact of the 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. Thirty Wisconsin counties and several tribes already have DEC programs, and several more are in development in other communities.


“We hope drugs never enter a child’s home, but sadly, we know many children are at risk,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.  “Wisconsin’s DEC program is an excellent example of what can be accomplished when agencies partner to protect children.  I thank the many who contribute to these local programs and ensure their long-term sustainability.” 


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 a DEC program in your community, visit the following link: