Building a drug-free Selma

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 23, 2006

More than 26,000 individuals die from drug-induced causes in the United States each year.

Most people who are hurt by drug use are not the users – it’s the children of users; parents and other family members; neighbors; the judicial system; health care system and law enforcement agencies that pay the price.

Those who believe drug use is a victimless crime are mistaken.

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The costs to society are overwhelming. And that’s more than the financial cost. A senseless loss of life is always a tragedy.

This week, schools throughout Dallas County are observing Red Ribbon Week, a celebration of a drug-free lifestyle.

The kidnapping, torture and murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Officer Enrique Camarena in 1985 was the impetus for Red Ribbon Week, when students in his hometown began wearing red ribbons in his memory.

The observance has now become a national event, disseminating the message of taking a stand against loss of life and drug abuse.

While Dallas County schools will hold various activities this week, it’s important for local residents to take a stand against drug use all year long.

We know children are endangered when drugs are used. So is everyone on the roadways when a driver is impaired.

Our residents have been mugged, robbed and burglarized by those who feed a drug habit.

Let’s send a clear message that we won’t tolerate drugs in our schools, our neighborhoods or on our streets.