Recognizing and preventing the issues in the first place


When faced with the challenges of peer pressure and fitting in with the crowd, teenagers have enough hard decisions to make about the direction of their lives. While it's difficult to say no to drugs and alcohol, if teens say yes, they face an equally difficult struggle to end that addiction.

"It's hard to appreciate the battles that people deal with daily," said Judge David Rice, district judge for the 12th Judicial District serving Chouteau, Hill and Liberty counties.

He tells people in his courtroom that they have the key to getting clean through treatment. Support is there for them, a...

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