OUR VIEW - Giving an hour could save a life

Norwalk has a drug problem. Quantifying that problem is difficult. It's impossible to say, of course, just how many people are using drugs.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

Norwalk has a drug problem.

Quantifying that problem is difficult. It's impossible to say, of course, just how many people are using drugs.

In the case of highly destructive illegal narcotics or controlled substances such as heroin and oxycontin, any use is a problem.

It's a problem largely among young people, but it affects everyone in the community.

City leaders have begun an admirable attempt to try to reduce and destroy the problem. They have started a new educational program in the schools. They have made drug testing kits (donated by local businesses) freely available to parents. They are holding educational sessions next week to help members of the community do what they can to help.

But whatever the mayor or the chief of police is doing, the person who can do most to stop the problem is you.

The new classes started at Norwalk's schools will increase a young person's resistance to the abuse of drugs and alcohol by 50 to 60 percent. But Parents can, simply by being good parents, increase their child's resistance by 400 percent.

Even if you are not a parent, you can do more than the police and the teachers will ever be able to, simply by being educated and caring about the people around you.

Therefore we encourage everyone in the community to attend one of the two sessions next week. It's only 59 minutes, Mayor Sue Lesch would say. And it might make schools safer, it might keep your car from being stolen, it might save a life.