Program’s success helps battle area drug abuse
Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 24, 2001
Saturday, November 24, 2001
The Natchez Democrat
Ask any law enforcement officer what the single biggest crime
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problem facing our area is and most are quick to say drug and
Both are often contributing factors in all sorts of crimes
– robbery, domestic violence, child neglect, assault and more.
And often it is friends and family of the abused or innocent
strangers who feel the consequences.
We’ve seen an increase in awareness of the dangers of drinking
and driving, but what about the dangers of drinking excessively
and being a daddy or a husband?
Each can be equally devastating to a family.
Fortunately, a program in Adams County is taking aim on the
project, and judging by its first year of existence, the program
The Alcohol Chemical Treatment Series (A.C.T.S.) held each
Sunday at the First United Pentecostal Church on U.S. 61 North
is changing lives.
Though sponsored by the United Pentecostal Church, the faith-based
program doesn’t delve into teaching church doctrine, instead focusing
on stopping the addiction.
And the court system, which deals with the end results of the
addiction, firmly supports the program. Both Circuit Judge Forrest
&uot;Al&uot; Johnson and Adams County Youth Court Judge John
Hudson are among the court personnel encouraging addicts to attend
Through its work, the program is slowly, but surely, making
a dent in the problem of drug and alcohol abuse in our area. Even
one person at a time, the battle against substance abuse must
continue, and the A.C.T.S program is doing an excellent job leading