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AG launches website for children at risk from drugs
by Tribune Staff
Jul 16, 2012 | 1077 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print


CARSON CITY — Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday that the Nevada Drug Endangered Children (DEC) initiative has launched its website at www.decnevada.org. The DEC initiative is a statewide effort to identify and protect children at risk because of their caregivers’ involvement in drug trafficking or substance abuse.

“The Nevada DEC website will strengthen this effort by making tools and resources available to practitioners in all parts of the state,” Masto said. “It helps unify and centralize this statewide effort that helps protect our most vulnerable citizens: children. I applaud the Drug Endangered Children initiative in its efforts to raise public awareness and subsequent action on this issue.”

“Our new Nevada DEC website will help us support the work of local practitioners throughout the state,” said Allison Smith, statewide coordinator of the Office of Drug Endangered Children. “This is an important step in raising awareness and providing resources for the benefit of drug-endangered children.”

The Nevada DEC initiative includes training for law enforcement, child protection, prosecutors, medical personnel, first responders and others to develop a collaborative approach to identifying and serving drug endangered children.

The initiative is part of a national effort to break the cycle of abuse and neglect by empowering practitioners who work to transform the lives of children and families living in drug environments. The initiative seeks to improve the systems that are designed to protect children by implementing a multi-disciplinary approach through training and establishment of protocols and procedures.

Anyone interested in helping with this effort should contact Allison Smith, at dec.nevada@gmail.com or 775-721-0368.

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