In an effort to educate the future of the Ohio Valley, recent John Marshall High School graduates Andrea Garrison and Alison Duke came up with an idea to hold a forum at John Marshall on Thursday to talk about a growing problem that is talked about every single day.
The students worked with the Marshall County Family Resource Network to bring a group of distinguished panelist together to answer important questions about why drug abuse is so prevalent in the Ohio Valley, what options are available to get drug abusers the help they need and what the important signs of drug abuse are.
“Drugs are a problem in Marshall County and in the Ohio Valley, so we wanted to bring some people into the school who could tell the students more about the drug problems in the area and tell them what they could do to help, because often times we have someone come into speak and it’ll be a one time thing and it kind of goes away,” Garrison said.
The program has been made possible by a grant from Chevron thanks to the efforts of John Marshall students. They also hope to continue to grow the school’s Drug Free Club of America next year and want to get every student enrolled even if they can’t afford the $20 fee.
Among those in attendance for the forum were Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Cecil. He said his office is working to implement a new website that will allow people to report suspected drug abuse to authorities anonymously. The website should be up and running within the next couple of months.