Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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November 6, 2009

Carter County Drug Task Force meets

Nov. 4, 2009 — Click below to hear the audio from the Carter County Drug Task Force meeting Oct. 28. Note - Parts of this audio fileis hard to hear.

Click to hear Carter County Drug Task Force meeting Oct. 28.

The Carter County Drug Task Force held its monthly meeting Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the Gregoryville Christian Church.

Committee reports included one from Willie Patton on Drug Court.

“Drug Court deals with people who haven’t committed violent crimes,” Patton said. “Carter County currently has 31 active participants.”

He explained participants go through a series of phases where they have to pass drug screens, have employment or be actively seeking employment, involved in community service and support meetings.

There are 11 individuals reported to be in the first phase, while four are in the final phase with an expected graduation coming up after the holidays.

He said Drug Court is not the answer to everything but it is a tool to help toward the goal of the Carter County Drug Task Force.

A report was given on the CHAMPIONS groups at the East and West high schools.

These students sign a pledge of integrity and pledge to stay drug free.

Becky Walker announced a JR. CHAMPIONS in the middle schools would be coming soon.

Troy Combs, an ECHS CHAMPIONS student said he thinks the drug use has gone down tremendously within the past two years.

When asked if students now look at using drugs as being a cool thing to do, Combs said, “It depends on what classroom you are in. There is a certain group of kids that joke around and it’s perceived as cool. I personally look down on it, as does the majority of my friends do too.”

Pastor Jim Varney with E.N.O.U.G.H. told the members that Grayson is in line to get a Teen Challenge Crisis Center and that he was going Thursday to Lexington to meet with some leaders from Teen Challenge.

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