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Awareness is first step

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Along with information about combating drug abuse and descriptions of the physical and mental effects of drug usage, attendees will get an up close look at the parish’s most frequently abused substances in a glass-enclosed drug display board.

“If we don’t start to talk openly about (drug problems), we will have a really large issue with the costs of treatment and loss of work productivity,” Stone said.

With an estimated 80 percent of crime within our parish tied to drug-related issues, substance abuse awareness is a topic for learning which could be informative and useful to anyone.

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