Community To Meet; Voice Drug Problem Concerns

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

UNITE directors say they have the statistics to show drugs and other crimes related to drugs are on the rise in Regina and the surrounding areas, but several residents say those stats are more than numbers, it's their lives, and they can't take it anymore.

Living in Regina and working at the local diner for 28 years, Donna Adkins has watched the drug problem grow.

"You know, it's scary," Adkins said.

She knows first hand just how much.

"I've almost lost my son and its touch and go at this moment with him," Adkins said.

And she's not alone in the community.

"It's really tearing up homes and it's breaking mom's and dad's hearts. It's robbing them of their children and their family lives," said Pastor Nelson Damron with Faith First Baptist Church.

Now Donna doesn't want anymore parents to suffer the same.

"If I can spare one more family from the pain that I have been through with my son," she said.

She and Damron are teaming up with UNITE to fight back.

"What we want to do is try to prevent these people, these young people, from getting involved with drugs," Nelson said.

They're asking for everyone's help, and hope to fill up the church building at an organizational meeting Monday night. They say the fight is against the drugs, not people who need help.

"Those people who want to come down off the drugs and get off those drugs, they're gonna need support in the future," Nelson said.

Their goal is more than just reducing the crime statistics, but rather they say saving their community's future from drugs.

"And if we all stand together, maybe we can stop it," Donna said.

Anyone who wants to can go to the meeting can do so. It's Monday, July 9th starting at six in the Faith First Baptist Church in Regina.


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