Concerned about drug use and drug-related crime, Ticonderoga is forming a coalition to deal with the issue. A meeting will be held Tuesday, June 18, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Community Building.
Concerned about drug use and drug-related crime, Ticonderoga is forming a coalition to deal with the issue.
“The drug problem is perverse all over,” Ti Supervisor Deb Malaney said. “It needs to be out on the table. We need to make people aware and take some action.”
Malaney is asking concerned citizens to join the effort. A meeting will be held Tuesday, June 18, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Community Building.
“We need to start an education and information process to make people aware of substance abuse issues in Ticonderoga,” Malaney said. “Methamphetamine and heroin are easy to get and are a problem.”
The June 18 meeting will provide an overview of Ticonderoga’s drug problem, identify specific drug concerns and identify possible solutions to the problem.
Malaney hopes parents will attend the meeting.
“It may not be a comfortable discussion, but it’s an important one,” Malaney said. “We need to bring this issue to the forefront.”
Mac MacDevitt, Prevention Team community-based prevention coordinator, agrees Ticonderoga needs to take action.
“Ticonderoga had a strong community coalition for 2005-2010 to deal with substance abuse, especially underage drinking and other drug use among young people,” he said. “The Prevention Team was involved in supporting the development of that coalition and the implementation of its programming.
“Ticonderoga has a very positive community spirit and the school and the community care deeply about young people,” he added. “It is great news that Supervisor Deb Malaney and (Police) Chief Mark Johns are working together to develop a new community coalition to reduce substance abuse, including binge drinking, illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription medications.”
MacDevitt said surveys show a decrease in under-age drinking and an increase in marijuana use among Essex County teens. He doesn’t have statistics for just Ticonderoga.
“Unfortunately, these levels are significantly above national averages, so communities still have work to do,” he said. “Especially troubling is that more than one in five seventh and eighth graders report riding in a car or truck in the past 30 days with a driver who has been drinking.
“We know that youth binge drinking and other drug abuse closely parallels adult binge drinking and drug abuse,” he added. “Adults in our communities need to mobilize and take action on a community level to change the conditions that support substance abuse and insure that our small towns and villages are great places for families and kids.
“Ticonderoga is taking an important step in this positive direction,” MacDevitt said.