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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Hundreds of Dougherty County School Students came together this morning to fight substance abuse in their community.

The Albany High chorale sang at the Red Ribbon Week kickoff at the Amphitheater at Veterans Park downtown.

This is the largest annual substance abuse prevention campaign in the United States. Dougherty County schools will sponsor activities all week to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse.

Dougherty County School Police Assistant Chief J. C. Phillips said "We do have a problem with drugs in the community. Unfortunately even in the school system it exists. We should approach it at the school system level if we can."

School Superintendent Dr Joshua Murfree said " It's not just for the schools, it's also for the community. And again we need the whole community involved in what we are doing, because our future is our young people."

The students pledged to stay drug free, pledging to get high on life, not on booze or narcotics.

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