Coalition continues work to educate on drug, alcohol abuse

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As we embark on a new year, Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County is working toward continuing to make a great impact in our community and Ohio Valley.

We are currently in the second year of funding with the Federal Drug Free Communities grant. Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County has made great strides in our community to raise awareness and show the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

During the past year, we have held community events in Worthville, Ghent, Sanders, Prestonville and Carrollton, in which we have invited the communities to the local park and had a speaker share the dangers of prescription medication and other substances.

In October, Champions hosted a community town hall meeting at the National Guard Armory dealing with the dangers of methamphetamines and prescription drug abuse.

Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County is now planning and working on the year ahead and looking for the community’s help and support.

We are hosting a 2012 Kickoff luncheon Jan. 19 at Carroll County Public Library. We are inviting concerned citizens, parents, businesses and anyone else to attend the coalition monthly meeting.

At this meeting, our Drug Free Communities evaluators will be on hand to present their findings from year one, as well as the coalition survey that was administered at the end of the past grant year.

We also will present awards from 2011 to coalition members who have gone above and beyond the goals and mission of Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County.

Lunch will be provided by the coalition. Please RSVP to Matt Lipe or Shelia Chowning at (502) 732-8301 or by email at matthew.lipe@carrollcountychampions.org. Everyone is welcome to attend.

During the town hall meeting in October, several issues came up during a question-and-answer session regarding the dangers and problems associated with the new synthetic drugs. As this issue is new to our area, there is not a lot known about it.

The community will have a chance to learn more during a special program we have scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the National Guard Amory.

Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County will be hosting Ashley Stillwell, a student at Western Kentucky University.

Due to peer pressure, she knows first-hand the effects of synthetic drugs.

Ashley will discuss making bad choices that ended with her trying synthetic drugs for the first time and almost losing everything.

Come out and join us, and hear her story during this special community program.


Matthew Lipe is coordinator of Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County.