My News; Town Hall Meeting Will Take on Alcohol, Drug Abuse by Youth

By Zongker, Wendi | The Florida Times Union, March 19, 2008 | Go to article overview

My News; Town Hall Meeting Will Take on Alcohol, Drug Abuse by Youth


Zongker, Wendi, The Florida Times Union


Byline: WENDI ZONGKER

FERNANDINA BEACH -- Teenagers who've used alcohol and other drugs are expected to share their experiences during an upcoming town hall meeting aimed at reducing substance abuse by Nassau County youth.

Several defendants from Nassau's Teen Court will be among those discussing strategies to address underage drinking and drug use at a March 25 meeting, said Nathan Pittman, student pastor at Celebration Baptist Church in Yulee.

"We're hoping to have a panel of five to seven who have been through Teen Court and are willing to come share insight that will help the community understand where they went wrong and how we can help prevent students from falling prey to that," he said.

Pittman, Nassau County School Board member Janet Adkins and the Nassau County Alcohol, Crime and Drug Abatement Coalition are co-sponsoring the meeting.

Pittman said he and other community members are concerned about the findings from a November NACDAC report on substance abuse by teenagers and want to take action.

"What I have noticed out of being a youth minister is a lot of the students are concerned about their peers and how it's so easy to get alcohol," Pittman said. "They're watching some of their friends' lives being wrecked by bad choices."

Other panelists, including Sheriff Tommy Seagraves, are expected to talk about warning signs parents should look for in their own children. …

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