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New Video Series Launches to Combat Meth in the Ozarks

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Community Partnership of the Ozarks just launched a new campaign called HELP, which stands for Helping Everyone Learn Prevention.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Community Partnership of the Ozarks just launched a new campaign called HELP, which stands for Helping Everyone Learn Prevention.

The creators hope educating parents is a good start to addressing the meth problem in the Ozarks.

Steve Miller hopes to tackle one of the oldest issues facing our community in a new way.

He helped start a new web video campaign about the dangers of meth.

"In our area meth continues to be a big concern," Miller said, "It's one of the highest addiction rates of all the drugs out there,"

You can find the video on YouTube at the Community Partnership channel.

He hopes it empowers and educates parents.

"Its a way for parents to say this is what these materials look like if you should come across one of these it's not something you play with, its not something you investigate yourself," he said.

He said parents should take the opportunity to talk to their kids about meth during what he calls "teachable moments."

"In the past week we have had news headlines where there was an active meth lab found in the Springfield area and there were children present. So the teachable moment is when the parent recognizes what's making news headlines and turns that into an opportunity to talk about the dangers of drugs," he said.

"What are some of the signs and symptoms and concerns that kids have and what parents can do to do help dialogue with their kids about those," Ed Derr said.

Derr is on the "Fighting Back" board developing the campaign.

He's also a parent and is concerned about the dangers to the kids in our community.

"We hear a lot about meth in our community. The access is there now and much more readily available then it was before," he said.

Miller said the average age of first time meth use in the Ozarks is 19 years old.

He hopes that by educating parents through the HELP video, they can talk with their kids before its too late.
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