Organization Helps to Make Area Drug Free

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Your everyday medicine cabinet is making it easier for teenagers and young adults to get their next high.

"It makes me nervous because I know that they have access to a lot of drugs, I mean a lot. It's kind of scary to know that they can get their hands on pretty much whatever they want."

Dana Boyd is the mother of two teens. She says it doesn't surprise her to hear of teens using everyday household products and medications to get high. But one group is coming together to help make the wiregrass a drug free area.

"The world's changed even since I was a teenager, of things that are scary for kids out there dealing with substance abuse and internet safety, so we're hoping to just inform those parents and other adults so they'll be able to help those teens face these problems.”

Candy Gaff is with the Coalition for a Drug Free Dale County and says the organization continues to hold meetings to inform parents and teachers of the growing problem of teens using drugs.

Gaff warning parents of popular party teens are taking part in called "pharm parties."

"P-H-A-R-M, where the kids are bringing pharmaceutical, you know they're using prescription drugs from momma and grandma’s medicine cabinets and they're bringing them to and just pouring them into a bowl and just picking the pills out and taking them to the party and you never know what you're taking or what the combination's going to be."

Gaff says she hopes to continue informational meetings to put parties like these to an end and keep parents like Boyd free from worry when their child heads to the medicine cabinet.

The coalition will be holding a meeting tonight for parents and teachers. It's scheduled for 6 p.m. at the governmental building in Ozark.


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