MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (9/5/13) – In week eight of an ongoing series of informative meth-related articles supplied by Muhlenberg County Sheriff Curtis McGehee, the topic for discussion this week is the public responsibility in the effort of cleaning our community of meth.
The methamphetamine (meth) epidemic is a difficult one to say the least. Across the country many are baffled at the extent of damage caused by this horrific drug. Although legislators are working diligently to come up with a solution, it appears there is no easy way out of this crisis. Legislators are not alone, law enforcement, social services, school systems, faith based organizations, and other agencies are finding that the methamphetamine epidemic is a mounting problem.
The truth is we cannot leave it up to law makers or any other group to solve this issue. Because this is a community problem, the entire community must be involved in helping to wipe it out.
Fortunately, there seems to be a sense of urgency among those who desire to become active in combating the meth issue. I am delighted, that I am hearing questions like, how may I help or how may I be involved? I assure you that there is something that everyone can do to help in fighting the battle against methamphetamine.
The following thoughts offer some suggestions about how you can be actively involved in the campaign against this powerful drug.
It is of the greatest importance that every concerned person be well-informed. When a substance like methamphetamine is practically holding many communities hostage, we need at minimum - a basic understanding of the drug.
There are many websites that offer both basic and detailed information about methamphetamine. See one of the sites that I have often recommended by clicking here on M.A.M. (Mothers Against Methamphetamine)
It is important to be informed, but also important for the community to be involved. One way to be involved is by reporting any illegal drug activity. If you have information about meth or other illegal drugs contact Muhlenberg Central Dispatch at 338-2000. You may also report illegal activity at www.muhlenbergcountysheriff.com.
Being involved doesn’t stop with reporting illegal drug activity. We can do much more to control this epidemic.
Because the addiction rate of meth is 95-98%, and because only small percentages overcome the addiction, prevention methods must be utilized. It is vitally important that youth, and every potential user be informed of the consequences of meth use.
Start at home by teaching your children what you know about the drug; reiterate that they must never experiment with it, not even once.
Unfortunately not every child is lives in a stable or drug free environment. Some children claim that they were introduced to meth by their parents, or by a sibling. This is where involvement from the community becomes crucial. We must develop a strong community attachment to these children, through our schools, churches or other youth organizations. While no organization can take the place of a well-balanced family, other organizations may be beneficial in providing information and encouragement that will prove most helpful to the child.
Next week, I will likely continue the article by elaborating on community involvement.
CLICK HERE to read the prior article on Methamphetamine in our Community.
Information provided by Sheriff Curtis McGehee (Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Office)
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