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Healing Stories - remembering Seth Eaton, thinking of Misty May

By Linda Waggener,

Negative results from illegal drug use in this region continues to be in the headlines and stays top of mind. The personal stories of folks like Misty May who walked through addiction and is on the healing side now give hope for all.

Then the stories of losses like young Seth Eaton two years ago, whose mother shared every parent's worst nightmare, and others whose families have shared their losses, give resolve to keep going to meetings and keep sharing information that may be helpful to others in trouble.

The story of how one father saved his son is a reminder of what families have to do to win the battle.

I'm proud of our Fiscal Court and City Council for approving a needle exchange. As a result of the rapid growth in Heroine use, Hepatitis C is spreading in this area and used needles are being found in all public areas -- parks, schools, business parking areas, etc. Young children are picking up needles and are in danger of catching the disease. Kentucky is number one in Hepatitis C (Hep C) -- a statistic we do not want.

In fourth public drug forum, Columbia Police Department Chief Jason Cross advocated greater community involvement plus a long term, local rehabilitation center, a second School Resource Officer, increased access to Drug Courts, more police officers and equipment, greater public participation and use of tiplines, continued and increased faith based response and intervention.

The next opportunity for a community drug forum will be posted in events as soon as it is confirmed. Meanwhile, feel free to click 'contact' below and send your thoughts for how best to help. -- LW

This story was posted on 2017-06-27 11:32:23
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