- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) - A community in central Alabama is launching a new program to talk about drug and alcohol problems.

City, schools and other local leaders plan to hold their first Help the Hills community meeting on Monday. Organizers say the series of meetings is meant to open a conversation about drug and alcohol problems.

WVTM-TV reports that 26 people in Birmingham’s Over the Mountain suburbs have overdosed on drugs this year (https://bit.ly/1poWflq ). Parents of a 22-year-old man who overdosed on heroin and alcohol say they plan to share their experience in hopes of preventing other deaths.

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