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Annual race benefits youth drug prevention

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A 5K was held in Lawrence County Sunday to prevent the use of drugs and tobacco.

The Lawrence County Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Prevention Organization hosted the Like a Boss 5K.

The money raised during the event benefits youth prevention programs in the county.

“We’re looking for prevention efforts, education for all ages in the county, and also to make everyone aware that we really do have a problem,” Joyce Rose, the ATOD secretary said. “A lot of people don’t realize that a lot of the problem is drugs that are found in their own kitchen cabinets.”

Runners gathered at Stewart Park early in the morning for the fourth annual race.

The group hoped to raise around $3,000 at the event.

“Our main goal at ATOD, of course, is to try to keep youth from using and abusing drugs of any type,” said Cloyis Daughhetee, the program director. “Our grant that we have now is for prescription drug abuse and marijuana.”

Around 70 people ran the 5K Saturday. 

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