By Mark Barnes
On Wednesday, June 6, around 25 members of the community including city officials, law enforcement, school administrators, students and members of KADFY (Kuna Alcohol & Drug Free Youth) met to discuss the increasing problem in the community with juvenile drug use.
In a recent KMN news article (May 15, 2013, “Increase in Drug Use at Kuna Schools Becoming a Concern”) school officials and law enforcement addressed the Kuna school board regarding their concerns with increased drug use among school-aged children. The meeting on June 6 was to bring that attention to the city and concerned citizens with the goal to begin the process of organizing an action plan.
Chad Gordon, public relations officer for the volunteer group KADFY, said he feels a change of direction needs to happen with his group from being an educational focus to one that helps bridge together organizations and entities to help form solutions. Gordon’s motivation comes from having several children of his own who have been involved in drug use recently.
“Your always going to have some kids involved in drugs,” he said. “But most parents don’t realize all the kids in the middle are doing them too.”
“The first thing to tackle is the skate park,” Gordon said. “It’s become a breeding ground for local drug use.”
Other areas of concern are educating parents as to what to look for and being aware of new drugs and drug combinations kids are using.
“The meeting brought everyone together to see if people wanted to do something about it,” Gordon said. “They do.”
Community drug action meetings are planned to be scheduled the third Thursday’s of every month at Kuna City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend to help develop solutions to decreasing drug use among Kuna’s youth.