Our View: Meth meetings produce many good ideas
We’re all aware of the debilitating effect that methamphetamine use has had on our area.
But only a few of us are attempting to develop a comprehensive strategy to tackle a drug problem that destroys families, fills our jails and puts everyone at risk.
Deborah Jordan, a mother of two, is one of the innocent victims. She was assaulted after a meth user abducted her on a sunny day in 2003 in Grass Valley. Last week, she went public with her survivor’s tale in an interview that appeared in The Union.
On Friday night, she was among the speakers at the Women’s Town Hall Meeting on Meth. After just their second meeting, this group released a list of ideas that ” if pursued ” could make a real difference in the long battle to curb methamphetamine use in this area.
Among the 29 suggestions made on Friday night is establishing Neighborhood Watch groups to monitor suspicious activity, developing resources and ways for teenagers to be educated about the perils of meth use, seeking funds for transition homes and recovery programs, increasing awareness of available programs and demanding a zero-tolerance environment.
The Grand Jury said this summer that western Nevada County is in the grips of a meth epidemic and provided numerous examples of the cost this drug has inflicted on our bottom line as well as our social fabric.
Now, this group of women has taken the next step. They have offered a number of sensible ideas that deserve careful consideration.
What can we implement immediately? What can families, friends and neighbors do? Will Grass Valley, Nevada City and Nevada County officials study these ideas and then work together to develop a plan to secure more funding or commit more resources to combat meth use? Will our local elected figures elevate their leadership role in fighting this social ill?
Those who organized and attended the Women’s Town Hall meetings deserve our praise and now support. If we are indeed serious about reducing meth use and changing the culture that seems to sustain it, we need to look at these ideas and implement them in some coordinated manner.
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