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Thomas County coalition fights against drug use

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April 3, 2006

Thomasville- Substance abuse is a growing concern in Thomas County. A local coalition is battling back and turning to the government for financial help.

Students across Thomas County are taking a stand. They won't put up with drugs in their school.

"There are bad influences of kids who want to use drugs. They want to influence others to do what they do," said Quentin Jones, Thomas Co. Middle School Student.

"We asked them, you know, about drugs on campus and the schools and they very frankly said yes, they're everywhere," said Kathy Megahee, Thomas Co. Family Connection Director.

Students and parents joined forces to form the Thomas County Drug free coalition. The coalition will apply for a federal grant to help pay for programs to combat the substance abuse.

"We're looking at a federal grant that could be as much as $100,000 of course we won't know that until the fall," said Megahee.

Before the grant can be secured, information is needed. The group surveyed high school students and got an overwhelming yes, when they questioned whether substance abuse was a problem for parents as well as students. The group believes the community must come together in order to win the fight.

"We hope to add new members and strengthen the collaborative that's our main goal right now," said Megahee.

Many students are willing to participate.

"Because we want what's best for us, we want to learn," said Jones.

The coalition is confident they can make significant strides. The deadline for the grant is April 10th. To participate in the Thomas County Drug Free Coalition you can call the Thomas County Family Connection at (229)227-3125.

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