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From left: Troy South Middle students Reese Hopkins, Riley Hembree-Krauter, Ellie Graff and Brooke Dollard participate in the D.A.R.T. Summit.

The inaugural Lincoln County DART Teen Drug Summit was on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

There were seminars on vaping and Juuls, the way the brain develops and personal testimony from individuals that have directly experienced or suffered from drug addiction and abuse.

The summit closed with a performance by the Awaken Project, a two-man drug prevention and education show put on by music store owner Jeff Mozingo and former Boston Red Sox player Joe Richardson.

Coming from a law enforcement family, Chloe Howard was surprised to learn some new things during the seminars.

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Joe Richardson shares personal experiences he and his family have had facing drug abuse and addiction.

“It was interesting and I learned a lot of new things that I didn’t know. I’m in a law enforcement family so it was kind of like you think you know everything they do, but you learn new things,” Howard said.

Abbie Baldwin said that she really liked the safety aspect of the summit.

“They teach us how kids can be safe and stay safe. There are more people dying everyday from heroin so it’s all about keeping kids safe,” Baldwin said.

Spencer Sneed and Treyvor Licklider said that they liked learning about what different drugs do to different parts of the body and brain.

Donavyn Dodson said he liked every aspect of the summit.

This summit is something that DART plans on putting on annually.

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