Letter to the editor: New fight against drug abuse kicks off

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We had an a great turnout for our first event with more than 35 people in attendance. We had 20 volunteers sign up to join our growing team of Owen County residents ready to fight drug addiction in our community.
If you missed this meeting, you definitely missed a blessing but don’t worry we are just getting started and there will be many more.
In fact, this Friday from 8 to 9 a.m., we will be having a planning meeting at the Wild Goose Café to schedule future meetings, fund raising events and Celebrate Recovery ideas.
The meeting is open to any volunteers who are willing to work for change.
We will be working with REACH and the Owen County Collaborative to give support for existing programs and expand into new programs.
We need volunteers and we are open to ideas and suggestions as long as you are willing to put the work behind bringing your idea to life.
It’s exciting to see the fire and success in the people who have been through recovery. They are so passionate and driven to make a change in our community so that their children and your children will not have to face the same challenges they have.
It’s inspiring to see how much they love life, and love recovery and love sobriety. It’s a reason to celebrate.
It was also a blessing to have Dr. Joy come out with her fantastic prayer group to show their support and offer intercession prayer for anyone who would request it. It means a lot to those in recovery just to know that people care and you are not alone or being judged for your disease.
I know that many people have been praying for this and I want you to know that it’s working, so keep it up.
I was also encouraged to meet a young adult from the high-school newspaper who is fervent and determined to spread education and awareness in her school. She sees the need, knows the danger, and as tears welled up in her I also saw a fire ignite.
Along with prayer and volunteers REACH needs money. Since there is nothing free in this world (except God’s grace), REACH needs money to keep the light on, so I challenge every business, church and individual to consider a donation to the REACH program.
REACH is a non-profit organization so your donation will be tax deductible and you can designate your donation to specific causes such as drug testing, youth prevention, or long-term treatment. For those of you who are skeptical about donating money to help people struggling with addiction here is a fun fact for you:  “Every $1 spent on addiction treatment saves $7 in crime and criminal justice costs” according to a study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
I would like to see every church in our community reach into their mission fund to make a monthly contribution to the REACH mission that serves our community. If all 36 churches committed just $100 per month, imagine the impact REACH could have on our small town. You can send your tax deductible donation to 518 S. Main Street Owenton Ky., 40359 or contact Trent for more information.
I want to encourage everyone to first educate yourselves and your families about the epidemic that is plaguing our community.  Experts say we have to  talk about it, and that is the first step in fighting this disease.
If you don’t see the problem, open your eyes because the Devil is stealing from our community. We are waging war on this enemy and we are recruiting your help. You’re invited to attend our planning meeting this Friday and please remember ongoing meetings located in the REACH building by the new Casa Restaurant are as follows:
Monday 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. CAA (Christian Addicts Anonymous)
Tuesday 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  CAA (Christian Addicts Anonymous)
Wednesday 8 - 9 p.m. Al-Anon Family Group
Thursday 7:30-8:30 p.m. CAA (Christian Addicts Anonymous)
Friday 7:30-8:30 p.m. CAA (Christian Addicts Anonymous)
Saturday 7:30-8:30 p.m. CAA (Christian Addicts Anonymous)
There are also NA and AA meetings being held at the public library on Wednesday’s from 8 to 9 p.m.
 If you had a bad experience with one of these local programs in the past, or you have “heard bad things” I encourage you take a friend and try again. It is my understanding that leadership has changed and is open to suggestions.
We want to build onto current programs that are being offered, bring new ideas to the table, and offer up some fresh blood to rejuvenate the group.
So what are we waiting for? Let’s get this party started.
Shanna Osborne
Owen County Visioneer