Friday, February 14, 2014

Drug Coalition plans town halls

Community invited to problem-solve together


By JENNIFER LIEBRUM
Express Staff Writer

    The Blaine County Drug Coalition is hosting two town halls—one exclusively for teens—to help open the lines of communication to enable collaboration on possible solutions for the not-so-pleasant facets of life in the valley, like drug use.
    “We are hoping that we can provide a space for our adults and young people that conveys the message that we want them to tell it to us straight.  The good, the bad and the ugly,” said Stephanie Miller of the Drug Coalition.
    The first, Tuesday, Feb. 18, is the Youth Town Hall Meeting, starting at 6 p.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey. All youths under 21 are encouraged to attend.
    “We want young people to come and share with us what they see as issues they are facing and what they need from the rest of the community,” Miller said.
    Following up on that conversation will be another Town Hall on Thursday, Feb. 20. This is open to the entire community and will address social hosting and other environmental strategies to decrease under-age substance use as well as continuing to understand the culture or our youth and how to connect with them.
    Also hosted by the Drug Coalition, this event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey.  
    “We want adults to come and share what they see are the problems facing our youth and their thoughts on why and how we can tackle them in numbers,” Miller said. “We believe that this can show our young people that we care about them, and their perceptions and thoughts mean a lot to us.
“These town hall meetings are really our way to gather information from the community,” Miller continued. “With our mission to decrease substance use among young people, we know if we don’t get community involvement, we will be unsuccessful.  If we don’t listen to the community, we won’t get community involvement.”
    For more information, contact the Drug Coalition at www.blainecountycdc.org.




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