“Degrassi” back with a new season this Friday

TeenNick (formerly known as The N) debuts Season 9 of Degrassi: The Next Generation this Friday, Oct. 9, with an hourlong episode that tackles the subject of drug abuse.degrassi

In the episode, called “Just Can’t Get Enough,” Mia (Nina Dobrev) is offered a huge modeling contract in Paris. Peter (Jamie Johnston) decides he’ll go with her, but soon realizes he doesn’t fit into her sophisticated world. Feeling frustrated and insecure at a posh party, Peter is offered an escape — crystal meth. But when his ‘trip’ goes terribly wrong, he swears he’ll never touch the stuff again. And with the reality of coming down, Peter realizes he just wants more, but will he risk his relationships with Mia and his band The Stüdz for another high? Meanwhile at Degrassi, Alli (Melinda Shankar) is concerned when new girl Jenna (Jessica Tyler) tries to steal the attention of her best friend Clare (Aislinn Paul).

Tying in with this episode, TeenNick has collaborated with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to air a new public service announcement starring Johnston. The PSA will direct viewers to the NIDA website, where they can find information about the harmful effects of crystal meth.

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