Substance abuse questions raised

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PARRSBORO The death of a young man has raised questions about drug abuse in this small town.

In response to a monthly report from Cpl. John James of the Parrsboro RCMP, Deputy Mayor Lloyd Smith suggested the police could be doing more to address apparent problems of illegal drug use among the towns young people.

I know there was an incident that resulted in a death, possibly drug abuse leading to suicide and Im very concerned about the youth in the area, said Smith.

PARRSBORO The death of a young man has raised questions about drug abuse in this small town.

In response to a monthly report from Cpl. John James of the Parrsboro RCMP, Deputy Mayor Lloyd Smith suggested the police could be doing more to address apparent problems of illegal drug use among the towns young people.

I know there was an incident that resulted in a death, possibly drug abuse leading to suicide and Im very concerned about the youth in the area, said Smith.

There are rumours of substances being around and I would like to see the Mounties do a little bit more to control that type of activity.

A 26-year-old resident was found dead in his apartment on March 8.

The incident was investigated as a suicide, according to James, who would not confirm whether or not drug abuse was involved in the death. However, he didnt hide the fact that there is a drug problem in Parrsboro.

Do we have substance abuse problems? I definitely believe we do, he said. We try to do as much education as we can in the area and also do a number of drug enforcement things. At the end of the day its a lifestyle choice people are choosing, and Im open to any other ideas people have.

He said drugs are a big problem here and a big problem everywhere and that he has discussed with Parrsboro Regional High School Principal Pamela Hoar having more drug education courses taught at the school and is also going to update his own training in order to teach drug awareness education at the elementary school.

Living in a small community, Smith said it concerns him that maybe something could have been done to prevent the mans death.

I think we all feel a great loss when someone that young chooses to take that option out, said James. I couldnt attend the funeral, but I understand the minister made some points about substance abuse, and hopefully that sinks in with some of our youth.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Parrsboro Regional High School

Geographic location: PARRSBORO

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