Are Drugs a Big Problem in Jefferson?
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With 64 drug-related arrests in 2011, and 22 to date this year, substance abuse is something that Jefferson’s schools, police department and business leaders see as a problem in town. And it’s something that all of these groups are trying to combat.
For example, the business community, through the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club, has instituted a program called “Not Here.” Businesses place stickers reading “Not Here” in their windows, and will receive awareness training to combat deals taking place in their parking lots.
The school district has just voted in a policy of voluntary random drug testing at the high school. The program will begin in September.
Jefferson Township’s Municipal Alliance Committee has undertaken a number of programs, including a symposium at Camp Jefferson in the spring.
And the police department continually works to combat drug use in town.
“We have worked to curtail the problem through our education and prevention programs, through our work with the schools and with the Municipal Alliance Committee,” said Jefferson Police Captain Eric Wilsusen. “I think drugs are a problem here in town, but I think we’ve done a lot to cut back on the problem, and we’re continuing to work on it every day.”
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