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Nickelodeon’s The N is now TeenNick and it’s bringing back one of our fave shows. A new season of the award-winning teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation premieres this Friday, Oct. 9, with an hour-long special tackling the startling world of drug abuse.

The premiere, titled “Just Can’t Get Enough,” focuses on Mia (played by Nina Dobrev) as she’s offered a modeling contract in Paris. Peter (Jamie Johnston) decides to go with her, but quickly realizes he doesn't fit into the sophisticated world, turning towards drugs as an escape. When the experience goes terribly wrong, Peter swears he’ll never touch drugs again. But the addiction seems to be tougher to battle than he had thought.

In support of tackling such a serious issue in the season’s opener, TeenNick collaborated with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to air a new public service announcement starring Jamie Johnston, directing viewers to the NIDA website to find information about the harmful effects of drugs and where to get help.  

Check out the special PSA below!


The new season of Degrassi also introduces some new students into the mix. Declan (played by Landon Liboiron) and Fiona (Annie Clark) are siblings from a diplomatic family. And then there’s musically-gifted Jenna (Jessica Tyler), who causes tension between Alli (Melinda Shankar) and BFF Clare (Aislinn Paul) in the season opener, and Dave (Jahmil French). 

Be sure to check out the new season of Degrassi when it premieres this Friday at 8 p.m. ET on TeenNick, and then let us know your thoughts.

Who’s your favorite Degrassi student? Blog about it, babes.

BY PATRICIA MCNAMARA ON 10/6/2009 12:50:00 PM

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