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 Newport,Pennsylvania Township police arrest three after discovering meth lab.
Newport,Pennsylvania Township police have arrested three people on drug charges following the discovery of a ...
 Utah state officials propose drug-testing in workplace.
SALT LAKE CITY,Utah -- A proposed drug-testing program for state employees would be narrowly focused ...
 Major police operation ends in drugs haul.
Police in Medway,England believe they have effectively taken out a suspected major drugs network. The ...
 Conference focuses on link between diversity and drug abuse
Acting as a seeming counterbalance to the notorious debauchery of Spring Break, today's Seventh Annual ...
 The fight against drug addiction
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has introduced a program that would fund acupuncture detoxification and prescription ...
 Police arrest ex-Heartland doctor on drug charge
A former Heartland Regional Medical Center doctor was arrested late Tuesday for possessing a drug ...
 Woman sentenced for helping drug ring
The former co-owner of a nonprofit company that helped Hawai'i residents resolve their credit problems ...
 Their child was abducted - by drug addiction
A father walks into his son's room. He looks around at the stuff teen-age boys ...
 Drugs Cocaine
Sat, 03/15/03 Cocaine is now top street drug by Claire Connolly Doyle DRUG squad members ...
 Teaching the dangers of drug addiction
It's not always easy for parents to admit they need to learn more about illegal ...
 Concerned parents look at drug abuse
About 60 parents got an eye-opening education Tuesday on what their kids might be doing ...

Drug Facts

In recent years, over 8 million Americans aged 12 or older reported driving while under the influence of illegal drugs.

The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration announced in April that OxyContin may have played a role in 464 deaths across the Country in 2000 to 2001.

In the United States, every 30 minutes someone is killed in an alcohol related traffic accident.

40% of child abuse cases occur following heavy drinking periods.

Teaching the dangers of drug addiction

It's not always easy for parents to admit they need to learn more about illegal and over-the-counter drugs their children might be tempted to try and later abuse.

It can be even more difficult for some schools to address the issue directly.

That's why we were impressed last week when Watkins Memorial High School in Licking County, hosted 40 parents to discuss the dangers of drug abuse in a very public way.

Unfortunately, it's also been a very public issue for Watkins this school year following the tragic death of 17-year-old senior Chris Miller from a morphine overdose.

We also encourage local schools to follow the Watkins model and do similar seminars here in the Scioto Valley. We all read news stories about today's popular drugs and raves where behavior spins out of control. We also hear about parents surprised to learn about the secret lives their teens were leading.

We believe parents must remain deeply involved in their children's lives if they hope to prevent drug abuse. That responsibility begins with talking to children about the dangers of drugs before someone asks them to try a pill or smoke marijuana.

It means remaining vigilant about where your children go and who they hang out with every day.

It doesn't mean parents must be overbearing or teen-agers can't be trusted.

There are no guarantees in life, but it's safe to say turning a deaf ear to drug abuse increases the chances of a tragic outcome.

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