Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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January 9, 2009

Alcohol

Biggest contributor to drug abuse

Dec. 17, 2008 — ENOUGH and the Carter County Drug Task Force is offering some information and Tips To Help along with Partnership For A Drug Free America. Pastor Jim Varney who serves as president of ENOUGH says that prevention and awareness education are the most needed tools we can offer. Therefore, those who are laboring faithfully for a Drug Free Carter County have agreed to offer Tips For Help over the next few weeks. Information will be taken from an organization called Parents the Anti-Drug. You can access this resource by visiting their website (ParentingTips@TheAntiDrug.com). In addition Pastor Varney is willing to come to churches, clubs, or any interested group and offer “How to Drug Proof Your Kids” as a seminar. The march on September 30, 2007 continues.

Every now and then it seems you get uplifted in your spirit just when you need it. That is exactly what I received at the last meeting of the Carter County Drug Task Force. Joining our meting on that day were to young ladies from East Carter High School. They spoke very effectively to us about a very subtle approach the industry is using to introduce and deceive our younger folks into the influence of alcohol abuse. We sometimes get so engulfed with what we see as the “drug problem”, we forget that the most abused and the biggest contributor to drug abuse is alcohol.

Fact

Teen Driving: Drugged? Drunk? Distracted?

Each day in this country, as many as 9,000 16 and 17 year-old drivers get behind the wheel of a car. With this responsibility comes great risk. Driving - age teenagers have the highest overall crash rates of any age group, and traffic are the leading cause of death for 15 to 20 year olds. Drugs, alcohol, and driver distractions increase teens’ crash risks. As teens take to the roads, parents can take action by talking about dangers of drunk, drugged, and distracted driving.

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