Rise In Drug Abuse Calls For More Education

Crystal meth, marijuana, heroin, prescription drugs, you name it, a rising number of drug related cases is sounding an alarm for law enforcement to anti-drug groups to step up their education efforts.

Sergeant Allen Hill with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division says, "It's unbelievable I can't explain how bad it is, any day of the week, any night of the week, we can go out and buy drugs every night."

A local anti drug organization The Coalition says they see a rise in the number teenagers using prescription drugs.

Janet Taylor, Executive Director for The Coalition says, "A lot of kids are using these prescription drugs and just piling them in a bowl and go to "pharming parties" they get drunk and start using those drugs they don't know what they're using."

Hill adds, "You take Oxycotin, Hydrocodene, mixed with a bunch of alcohol it could be fatal."

Drug education programs like D.A.R.E. and law enforcement agencies like the narcotics task force were cut due to funding. That has caused a serious gap in anti-drug education, resulting in a rise in illegal drug use.

"One time we got beaten back because we had so many people working in the task force plus the kids were getting educated they well its not a problem anymore so they stopped, but what happens when you're fighting a fire and you turn your back on and leave it alone it blows up and it worse than it was," says Hill.

So now it's time to get back to educating at a early age, so kids will clearly understand the deadly effects of drug abuse before its too late.

Hill says, "Anybody that wants us myself, and the Sheriff, to come to them and talk to them we'll be happy to educate them."

The Sheriff's Department is working with churches, schools, and other community organizations to start programs to help education kids about the dangers of drugs.

The Coalition will conduct a survey in May with high schools students to find out what teens know about drugs and its effects.