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Headlines of '09: Marcellus addresses new trends in teen drug abuse

Though it will work closely with the schools, Dorio emphasized that FACTS is not a school group.

"We purposely don't have meetings at the school because we want people to understand we're a community group and we're supporting what school does, and vice versa," Dorio said.

Marcellus FACTS will hold its first meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 20 at the Marcellus United Methodist Church. Marcellus Police Chief Robert Wicks and a representative from the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department will report current drug-related activity witnessed in the community. Counselors from the Marcellus guidance office will also present common drug-use symptoms and behavior that parents should be aware of, followed by a question and answer session.

The meeting is free and open to all ages.

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