Parents and others raising children are invited to a free seminar in Atlantic City on Wednesday night.

The 15 Minute Child Break presented by the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey shows caregivers how to talk to their children about drugs. The one-hour multimedia presentation touches on topics that include the influence of media and pop culture, and the effects of certain drugs.

The event is one of two hosted this month by Stop the Violence of Atlantic County and the county Sheriff's Office. The multimedia presentation takes about an hour.

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"It shows how to take advantage of that teachable moment," Sheriff Frank Balles told a group last week at the first Atlantic City/Pleasantville Municipal Board Meeting.

Wednesday's presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the Atlantic County Office Building, 1333 Atlantic Ave. in Atlantic City.

A second presentation is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology in Mays Landing.

"This presentation is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to come out and find out the role they play and the power they have in preventing their children from abusing drugs and alcohol," the partnership's Executive Director Angelo Valente said in a news release.

"Drug use and abuse is frequently at the root of conflicts between young people and too often a catalyst for violent incidents," Stop the Violence Chairman Perry Mays said.


What: 15 Minute Child Break

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Atlantic County Office Building, 1333 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City

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