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Coalition on mission to prevent teen drug use

SOUTHEAST, MO (KAIT) - The Boy's and Girl's Club's All-Star Prevention program took and anonymous survey created by the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and then talked to us about it.

"This is about drug and alcohol use, okay?" Lindsay Chapman tells the group of fifth through eighth graders at the Boys and Girls Club in Southeast Missouri.

How do you find out where teens are getting illegal substances?  Lindsay Chapman with the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition hopes by asking them. She's been using this anonymous survey since June.

"We have about 200 surveys completed. And we've just probably completed 30 at the Boys and Girls club, so I'm pretty excited about that", Chapman says.

The Coalition designed the survey to ask detailed questions without asking for a name.

"I think it's a great way to get the message out and the kids don't have to worry about, you know, being under their parents thumb when they're talking about it", says Teresa Teague, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club."

"I felt comfortable," says Gracie Barnhill. 

But, does Gracie Barnhill think all kids will be honest, even with their names kept off this paper "Depends", she replies. "On if they really done drugs or if they really haven't."

Others here do not think teens will admit what's really going on, no matter how you ask.

"Because if someone found out if they did drugs or alcohol or anything, then they could get in very big trouble."

It's a challenge the Coalition is aware of, but these questions also seem to reinforce the prevention message these kids already take to heart.

"Just knowing the possibility that could happen like, even if I do it once, it could kill me", Tyus says.

And Teresa Teague hopes there's a lesson to be learned just by having her kids fill the survey out.

"I think it's a wonderful way to let them be more aware of what's going on and to know that they're involved and that their say so means something."

The coalition hopes to use the information to target specific sources of drugs and alcohol.

National Take Back Day:

One of the ways teens may be getting drugs is through medicine cabinets.

To reduce the risks caused by unused prescription drugs September 25th is being deemed National Take Back Day.

Look below for a complete list of the drug collection sites in your area:

CLAY COUNTY

  • Piggot - Piggot High School Gym, South Taylor Avenue.
  • Rector - Rector Police Department, 407 South Stewart Avenue.

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY

  • Craighead County Sheriff's Office, 107 Cobean St. in Lake City and 901 Willett Road in Jonesboro.
  • Jonesboro - Arkansas State University, intersection of University Loop East and Cherokee Street.
  • Jonesboro - Police Department, 410 West Washington Ave.

LAWRENCE COUNTY  

  • Walnut Ridge - Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, 315 West Main Street.

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY

  • Blytheville - Super D Drug Store, 306 North Sixth Street
  • Leachville - Melody Theater, 118 South Main Street
  • Manila - Manila Depot Center, 105 West Dewey Street
  • Osceola - Osceola Community Center, 382 North Country Club Drive.

POINSETT COUNTY

  • Harrisburg - Poinsett County Sheriff's Office, 1500 Justice Drive.
  • Trumann - Trumann Police Department, 221 Melton Avenue.

RANDOLPH COUNTY

  • Pocahontas - Randolph County Sheriff's Office, 1510 Pace Road.

SHARP COUNTY

  • Ash Flat - Sharp County Sheriff's Office, 30 A Court Drive.
  • Cherokee Village - Cherokee City Hall 2 Santee Drive.
  • Evening Shade - Evening Shade School, School Drive.
  • Hardy - Hardy Police Department, 124 Woodland Hills Road.

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