Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad
Impressions pre-reset: 420826 Clicks pre-reset: 872

Methamphetamine in our Community Part 6 - Children Must Say No

meth foil

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (8/22/13) – In week 6 of an ongoing series of informative meth-related articles supplied by Muhlenberg County Sheriff Curtis McGehee, the topic for discussion is the importance of just saying no for local children.
 
For years we have been telling our children to just say no when it comes to illegal drug use. While it is very important to relay that message to our children, we must realize that it is not always that simple. When a child is in a high pressure situation it can be very difficult for them to say no.
 
Peer pressure can be powerful, especially in the life of a child or teenager.
 
When a child feels isolated, embarrassed or left out for any reason the natural response is to make adjustments so that he/she feels more accepted. It is at times like this when the child becomes most vulnerable.
 
Meth is a hard hitting drug. As previously reported there is no drug that seems to impact the user as methamphetamine does. I will not elaborate here, I have done that in other articles but I will mention that one time use means addiction for virtually any user. Because meth is highly addictive and because most people addicted to meth struggle to overcome the addiction; we must relate the importance of saying no to our children. We must not only encourage them to say no, but we must teach them that they have to say no and mean it; they must do so with the greatest of determination.
 
How can we equip our children so that they are prepared to respond for high pressure situations? For starters, we must educate our children in the area of illegal drug use. For example, every child needs to know that most drug users that are addicted to the most dangerous drugs, stair-stepped to that position. They used what are often known as gateway drugs. Gateway drugs for children and teenagers may include but would not be limited to: alcohol, tobacco, inhalants, and marijuana. Often a child believes that because a drug is common, or maybe even legal for an adult than it must not be such a bad choice for a child. I encourage the community to make children/youth aware that many people who begin using gateway drugs at an early age, often escalate to more serious drug use.
 
It may also prove helpful to educate children of the consequences of illegal drug use. There are legal consequences; most meth related offences carry stiff penalties. There is also health risks associated with drug use, 90% of meth users are dead, brain damaged or incarcerated within five years of usage.
 
Additionally, criminal charges can scar ones record making it very difficult to secure gainful employment.
 
It is also important for responsible adults to remember that addiction means that people will go to extremes to get money for the drug. For this reason, some pushers will even encourage children to use the drug. Lately we have been hearing about flavored meth. The strawberry flavor seems to be gaining popularity in some parts of the country. A drug pusher knows that it may be difficult to get a child to inject or smoke a drug, but not as difficult to get a child to taste it. Meth is bitter and is not usually ingested orally; the strawberry flavor may make it more appealing to people, including children.

It is also possible that a pusher might attempt to slip the drug into a food or drink. Because of this possibility, children should be encouraged to never leave their food or drink unattended.
 
In closing, parents, guardians and concerned adults should make children aware of the fact that not everyone is trustworthy. We should reiterate that anyone, regardless of their relationship to the child that offers them meth is not to be trusted, but should be reported to law enforcement as soon as possible.
 
You may report illegal drug use in Muhlenberg County by calling Central Dispatch at 338-2000, to remain anonymous call 1-888-9ky-tips or go online and report drug activity at www.muhlenbergcountysheriff.com.

Click Here to read the part 1 in this series.
 
Click Here to read the part 2 in this series.
 
Click Here to read the part 3 in this series.
 
Click Here to read the part 4 in this series.

Click Here to read the part 5 in this series.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Sheriff Curtis McGehee

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
button coupons

Stock Report

1 DOW 17,827.75
+12.81 (0.07%)    
2 S&P 2,072.83
+5.80 (0.28%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,787.32
+29.06 (0.61%)    
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
button classifieds
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week

November 21, 2014 7143

Man Accused of Assaulting Coach During Basketball…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
November 22, 2014 4808

One Injured in Two Vehicle Collision in Greenville

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Miria Thomas
November 21, 2014 4516

Crashing Dump Trucks in Work Zone Cause Pennyrile…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke
November 21, 2014 3733

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed Down

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
November 21, 2014 3554

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Nov. 21, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
November 21, 2014 3108

Swimming and Diving Closes Fall Season at Ohio…

in General Sports For All Sites by UK Athletics
November 24, 2014 2960

Two Charged for Possession of Meth After…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by MCSO/PIO Alex Piper
November 21, 2014 2793

Kentucky Employers to Save About $112 million

in General News For All Sites by Cathy Lindsey
November 20, 2014 2736

Local Church Prepares for 'Return to Bethlehem'

in Video by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
November 20, 2014 2693

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Nov. 20, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department

Stories Trending Today

November 25, 2014 2612

Madisonville Man Charged for Selling Cocaine

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
November 25, 2014 2477

Call for Help Results in Arrest for Possession of…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
November 25, 2014 1718

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Nov. 25, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
November 25, 2014 1699

Slow Cook a Turkey for a Tasty Thanksgiving Feast

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
November 25, 2014 1533

Protect Your Home When Traveling This Holiday…

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
November 24, 2014 1507

KSP Post 2 Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper S. C. Recke
November 25, 2014 1440

Muhlenberg Job Corps Recognizes Employee of the…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Karen Robinson
November 25, 2014 1277

Construction Projects Suspended to Ease Holiday…

in General News For All Sites by Lisa Tolliver
November 25, 2014 1165

Bake Sale Held for Two Year-Old Burn Victim

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
November 25, 2014 1152

Parking Committee 2015 Meeting Schedule

in Owensboro News by Beth Cecil

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss