December 22, 2014

ADACT holds town hall meeting

By James Kuch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — The Arenac County Drug and Alcohol Containment Taskforce has taken another step in informing the public about underage drinking and drug abuse.

The ADACT held a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 16, featuring lessons to parents and students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Coordinator Lori Jacques said the meeting was a success.

“We had around 90 people in attendance, and we featured a breakout session with children in one area and parents in another,” she said.

Jacques said that children in attendance watched videos and played games.

“We educated them on the effects that drugs and alcohol can have on their lives,” she said. “We showed them how those things can keep them from achieving their dreams.”

Parents at the meeting learned about the warning signs of drugs and alcohol.

Guest speaker Ken Krygel, drug and alcohol recognition expert at Macomb Community College gave a presentation about warning signs parents should be looking for.

“I can tell if someone has being doing (drugs) five minutes ago, or five days ago,” he said.

Krygel said that the expansion of the Internet has had a large effect on children’s access to many different problems.

“In the last 15 years this little thing called the Internet crept up on everyone and changed everything,” he said.

Jacques said that in the future the ADACT would like to hold a town hall meeting to discuss issues children and parents face with the Internet, as well as prescription drug and alcohol use.

“It would be nice to have adolescent education about the Internet in the future,” she said.

Jacques said that overall, the meeting was informative and a good event for the community.

“This was the best town hall meeting we have had so far,” she said.

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