Parents trying to find ways to talk to their children about drugs need just 15 minutes spent the right way, according to a program that will be presented in Atlantic City and Mays Landing next month.

The 15 Minute Child Break is from the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, or PDFNJ, and will be hosted by Stop the Violence of Atlantic County and the county Sheriff’s Office. The multimedia presentation takes about an hour.

“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.

He said he is excited that the program is coming to Atlantic County.

The first presentation is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 6 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,” PDFNJ Executive Director Angelo Valentecq 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.

The program is free. For additional information go to

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