Stopping wave of area drug use

Guest Opinion

We know there are drugs in our town. We know these create problems in our town. We know people and neighborhoods who are affected by all of this in our town. We love our town. We hate to see any problems that negatively affect our town.

Come to the town hall meeting Nov. 18 at the Kamiah Middle School gym to get more answers and learn more about these problems and what we can do about them. Kamiah Community Partners Coalition has organized a second town hall meeting for our community as we learn more and work towards positive changes that create a healthier community.

We know we have some problems that create huge risk to our community, its young people and its citizens. What we don’t know and what we don’t have enough of in our town is awareness of prevention options and recovery options. Law enforcement and the criminal justice system are a huge player in our drug issues and we will talk about some of that in our town hall meeting. It is also important to prevent people from having access to and from using drugs in the first place. And once someone gets caught in the web of drug addiction it would be great to have effective ways to help them recover and overcome drug use and all the terrible things that go along with it.

“Not in our town” also describes awareness of prevention methods and recovery options in Kamiah and the upper Clearwater Valley. We don’t have enough of that in our town. It will be very informative and helpful for us to hear from professionals about prevention and recovery options as well as law enforcement options.

The “Not in Our Town” motto has a lot of emotion connected to it. We want to stand up and do something to stop the wave of drug use.

In a recent survey of our area three-in-four (75 percent) say there is a problem of drug abuse in the Kamiah area; one-in-five (18 percent) say this is a crisis in the Kamiah area. Those surveyed say our young people are at great risk when three-in-four (76 percent) responded that drug abuse was a problem in the Kamiah schools. Prevention and early recovery is critical when it comes to our young people! For things to get better in our town we need a multi-pronged approach. We need great law enforcement and criminal justice, especially for the drug dealers and traffickers! We also need great prevention awareness and activities, coupled with great recovery options.

We will talk about all of this and more beginning with light refreshments that will be provided at 5:30 p.m. and the conversation will begin at 6 p.m., Nov. 18, at the Kamiah Middle School gym. Kamiah Afterschool program is partnering with us to provide free childcare during the town hall meeting for those with children who wish to attend without their children. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend! For information contact the KCPC office at 935-7647.

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