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Drug forum: discussion begins, public asked to get involved

By Linda Waggener

Crystal Meth -- Ice -- is the number one illegal drug problem in Adair County right now. Police are moving fast, asking for greater community involvement, to stop Ice and to be proactive in preventing growth of Heroine addiction. The first of several planned public drug forums was held March 16, 2017 and had to be moved from the original site at City Hall to the Judicial Center courtroom due to the large crowd.

As a result of the rapid growth in Heroine use, Hepatitis C is spreading in this area and used needles are being found in all public areas -- parks, schools, business parking areas, etc. Young children are picking up needles and are in danger of catching the disease.

Kentucky is number one in Hepatitis C (Hep C).

Only 15 counties in the state have needle exchange programs. Councilmembers and Magistrates in attendance heard statements on the need for a needle exchange program in Adair County. The community education is beginning to demonstrate what those in law enforcement and the medical community know -- needle exchange programs work to help stop the spread of disease.

Columbia Police Chief Jason Cross said, "Here's your individual assignment: call your magistrates, call legislators, get involved in the churches, we've got to have partnerships built to get everybody behind this. Tonight is a first in a series in each community. Call us, we want the public's involvement. Tips really help us, call 270-384-4119 to avoid tying up 911, and then officers can do a 'knock and talk' to see if there is reason for further investigation."

Much more information will be coming as this proactive effort continues. Readers are invited to click on comments below this story and share experiences, what an help.

Tips can be called to 270-384-4119 if suspicious activity is noticed at a certain location.

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Drug forum: officials speak on need for help from community

2017-03-17 - Adair County Judicial Center - Photo by Linda Waggener,
The first of several public drug forums, held March 16, 2017, had to be moved from the originally scheduled City Hall to the Judicial Center courtroom due to the large crowd. Upwards of 70 people attended the event. Officials opened discussion of the growing drug problem and its effect on life here. Standing are, from left, Columbia Police Chief Jason Cross, Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin, Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss and Circuit Judge Judy Vance at far right. The next drug forum will be held at the Breeding Fire Department, date to be announced.

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Drug forum: Thankful for Adair County Drug Court

2017-03-17 - Adair County Judicial Center - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Misty May, at right, shared a message of thankfulness. She is shown here with Gale Cowan from Fiscal Court. Misty said, "Drug Court really helped me. As an addict, you don't know the structure of life any more, but the way to help is through programs like this, and also to just say 'I love you and encourage you.' I want to say thanks and ask how I can help." Several people at the meeting said Drug Court is a helpful program that has shown positive results. Drug Court is located on the first floor in the Judicial Center in Columbia.

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Drug forum: Journey to Recovery is open to help

2017-03-17 - Adair County Judicial Center - Photo by Linda Waggener,
The Journey to Recovery Regional Rehab Center was represented at the Drug Forum Thursday, March 16, 2017. Journey meets every Friday evening, they are meeting this evening, Friday, March 17, 2017, at 6pmCT at their new location, 24 Barnett Road, Old Burkesville Loop, Columbia, KY. Journey to Recovery and JOY Ministries representatives from left are: Lauren Canas, Dwan Hadley, Billy Flatt and Laverne Hadley.

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Drug forum: Former Columbia policeman Tommy Corbin speaking

2017-03-19 - Adair County Judicial Center, 201 Campbellsville St., Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Former Columbia Policeman Tommy Corbin, left, made a passionate plea at the Thursday, March 16, 2017 Drug Forum for the community to get behind the police. He said, "you've heard what they need -- community members, leaders, churches, civic organizations together pushing to stop the sale of illegal drugs." Seated, center, is Columbia City Councilmember Dr. Ronald Rogers, and in front are Magistrates Terry Hadley (District 7) and Greg Caldwell (District 6) representing Fiscal Court.

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