MOUNT VERNON — The series of town halls this spring on the drug epidemic was a good first step in that they increased public awareness of the problem, but maybe more needs to be done to drive home the cost of the epidemic.
That was the consensus of 15 of the people who organized and presented at the sessions. They were called together for a meeting Wednesday by Mayor Richard Mavis to evaluate the sessions and decide on a next step.
The consensus was that at least one more session, focusing on the cost of the epidemic, could be powerful. That would include not only the financial impact of the crisis by diverting funds needed for other programs to courts, the police and rehabilitation, but the social and financial impact on individuals and families as well. What happens to children born addicted to drugs? What about the children of people arrested in drug cases?