2011-12-01 / Local & State

Women Develop Drug Prevention Program

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Pictured above left: Deb Toothman, Catherine Washabaugh, Susanne Reed, Ph.D., Wendy Richards and Erin Pisner. Not pictured are Tamela Mellott-Bard and Dawn Harnish. Pictured above left: Deb Toothman, Catherine Washabaugh, Susanne Reed, Ph.D., Wendy Richards and Erin Pisner. Not pictured are Tamela Mellott-Bard and Dawn Harnish. Some local area business women and mothers are joining forces to help develop and institute a drug and alcohol prevention program for all three area schools targeting ages 8-12 years. They are working with local resident Susanne Reed, Ph.D., who provides drug and alcohol counseling to residents in Fulton County with the help of the Franklin/Fulton Drug and Alcohol Program. It is their hope to work with guidance counselors from the schools to educate and inform students of the dangers of both drugs an alcohol. Reed states, “We need help in fighting this problem early because the average age of a child who starts to use drugs and alcohol in this county is 12 years old.” Susanne is the owner of C&S Reed Consulting and is the only certified and licensed drug and alcohol provider in this county since the unfortunate passing of Kevin McCarthy.

The women were approached by Deb Toothman, who says, “This is just our first step in preparing county youths for their important and challenging futures, with issues such as these sadly faced so soon in life. We hope that we can get more people on board to help support this cause.” These local women are not only funding the project, but they will also be going into the classrooms and the community to reach out to the kids using a variety of hands-on prevention methods. They urge all residents to help continue the growth of this program. Anyone wanting to help or learn more about this program please feel free to contact them.

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