Kamiah aims to keep local kids off drugs, alcohol
KAMIAH, Idaho (AP) -- A small, rural town in northcentral Idaho is among those in the state trying to make inroads on historic alcohol and drug problems that sometime seem interwoven into their community fabric.
The Lewiston Tribune reports the city of Kamiah is using federal and local funds totaling about $250,000 to combat substance abuse, in particular among youngsters just starting out.
They say they've seen some good preliminary results.
For instance, student surveys between 2010 and 2012 show that marijuana use among sixth-through-12th graders has dropped 9 percent, while alcohol use slipped 3 percent.
Sharlene Johnson, executive director of the Kamiah Community Partners Coalition, says their goal is for Kamiah kids to be substance-free.
One target for the group is adults who host or purchase alcohol for young people.
Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.com