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In an attempt to educate parents about the substances their children might encounter, REACH (Reaching Every Addict with Christ’s Help) is presenting a parent information night.
On Thursday, Dwayne Rolfson of the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force will provide an overview of the drugs that officers are seeing on the streets of Northern Kentucky, including Owen County. He will offer parents the opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into how to prevent or stop their teen from participating in alcohol and drug use.
The parent education night is just another step REACH is taking to slow the spread of drug use in the community.
REACH began in the summer of 2006 when several drug overdoses occurred.
“I was moved with urgency to see some kind of drug program put in place,” said Trent Holbert, pastor of Long Ridge Baptist Church and president of REACH.
Two community forums quickly followed and in December 2006, REACH was officially formed through a partnership with REACH of Magoffin County.
“With this partnership we were able to establish support and direction from an already successful agency,” Holbert added.
Since it’s inception, REACH has helped 43 clients by providing drug screening, detox, rehabilitation and/or weekly counseling. It is funded by private donations and is a tax-exempt non-profit organization, making all donations tax deductible.
Education has also been a strong component of the program and next week’s program is just another example of how the group is hoping to educate the community on the dangers that face its youth.
“We believe that by providing parents an opportunity to learn about these drugs we can maybe prevent another teenager from becoming addicted,” Holbert added.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. and will take place in the Owen County High School Auditorium.
For more information about REACH call 484-5454.