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An event to raise awareness of the dangers of drug and alcohol use to middle and high school students will be coming to Mooresville Wednesday.

Titled “If Only,” the event is sponsored by the Drug-Alcohol Coalition of Iredell and Iredell-Statesville Schools and It will be held at Lake Norman High School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The program is titled after a film produced by The Mark Wahlberg Foundation and Millennium Health. “If Only” is a short film intended for teens, parents and adults to raise awareness about the dangers of substance use and to start a conversation that encourages the safe use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs to keep the out of the hands of kids.

Caroline Hager, youth-based education strategist for the Iredell County Health Department, said this program is made possible through funding provided to DACI by the Mooresville ABC Board.

“We hope this event will educate parents and encourage them to begin a dialogue with their children surrounding substance abuse issues. We will also have resources available at the event for youth, parents, school leaders and community members who may be looking for help with substance abuse issues,” she said.

Following the screening of “If Only,” there will be an interactive discussion about substance use and addition.

Mooresville Mayor and DACI board member Miles Atkins will welcome attendees and speak to why this issue is relevant to Mooresville and Iredell County residents.

The interactive discussion will include The Mark Wahlberg Foundation’s Executive Director James Wahlberg, who is an individual in recovery. Wahlberg will share his experience as the parent of child with substance use issues.

There will also be a speaker who lost their child to overdose and a young adult who will share his experience of addiction and recovery.

A question and answer session will be included at the end of the event.

For more information contact the Coalition Coordinator Jill St. Clair at jill.stclair@co.iredell.ns.us or 704-871-3450.

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