WESTPORT – Westport Christian Church (The Port) will be holding a Community Drug Awareness Night Thursday, Oct. 10, beginning at 7 p.m., as a way to be proactive regarding the rampant drug-related issues facing the county and the country.
“Drug abuse isn’t just in our community. These issues are facing every community and they need to be discussed,” said Mike Bartlett, minster at The Port. “The best way to deal with the problem is to actually address it and educate the community. Drug abuse isn’t just in Westport or Decatur County, it’s nationwide.”
In an effort to be proactive rather than reactive, elders at The Port decided to hold the Community Drug Awareness Night to educate people and to let them know that they can stand against the influx of drugs into the community. In taking their proactive stance, church elders also wish for youths in the community to know that the Port is a safe place. Having a safe place to go to escape peer pressure from other youths to abuse drugs, or even drug abuse in their own homes, is one step toward building a positive community.
Drug abuse can often lead to spousal abuse, child abuse and many other things that can jeopardize the health of the community, Bartlett said. The Westport Christian Church seeks to help the community work together to fight the spread of drugs and drug abuse by offering support to addicts and their families and educating people.
“What individuals with drug addictions do effects how our community is perceived and received, as well as negatively effecting the overall general health,” Bartlett stated.
According to the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force website, prescription drugs are the most highly abused drug in the country. The website states that one in five Indiana teenagers have admitted to abusing prescription drugs. According to the information provided, there is a death from a prescription drug overdose every 25 minutes.