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The hazards of illegal street narcotics commonly used by and offered to students will be explored during a Drug Recognition Roundtable at Pioneer Valley High School on Wednesday, May 6.

The informational meeting, which is part of the school’s community awareness campaign series, starts at 5:30 p.m. and wraps up at 6:30 p.m. inside the library, 675. N. Panther Drive. The event is open to parents, family members and students.

School Resource Officer Andy Brice said the discussion will provide an introduction to street-level drugs and those that are routinely found on school campuses. Indications of drug abuse, how young people behave on drugs and the help that is available is also part of the program.

Officer Brice plans to bring and explain the contents of a “drug box” that is stocked with narcotics and used for law enforcement training purposes.

Assistant Principal Greg Dickinson knows the partnership between SMJUHSD and SMPD has provided invaluable information on some very difficult real-life topics.

“Officer Brice has been instrumental in bringing these open dialogue type parent forums to PVHS for the entire Santa Maria community to benefit from,’’ Dickinson said.

Translation services will be provided by SMJUHSD.

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