BLADE Hosts Community Listening Event To Talk Next Steps For Program

BLADE Hosts Community Listening Event To Talk Next Steps For Program


BE COMPLETE BY FALL 2020.>>>AN ARKANSAS MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED IN COURT. WE WILL GET TO THAT IN A LITTLE BIT. BUT FIRST WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT A NEW PROGRAM IN THE BRAINERD LAKES AREA. IT STARTED IN AUGUST OF THIS YEAR, A NEW PROGRAM LAUNCHED IN THE BRAINERD LAKES AREA THAT IS AIMING TO COMBAT THE DRUG PROBLEM IN CROW WING COUNTY IN A NEW AND UNIQUE WAY. TONIGHT OFFICIALS WITH BLADE, BRAINERD LAKES AREA DRUG EDUCATION, HOSTED A COMMUNITY EVENT TO KICK OFF THE NEXT STEPS FOR THE PROGRAM. REPORTER RACHEL JOHNSON HAS MORE.>>IN RECENT YEARS, IN CROW WING COUNTY, DRUG-RELATED CASES TRIED BY THE COUNTY’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE HAVE MORE THAN DOUBLED, ONE EXAMPLE OF THE EFFECTS OF THE COUNTY’S GROWING DRUG PROBLEM HAS HAD.>>– TO APPROXIMATELY 125 CASES IN 2018.>>I GUESS IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ASPECT FOREVER, YOU KNOW, THE IDEA OF HOW WE CAN DEAL WITH DRUGS, WE SEE IT AS NOT ONLY SOMETHING THAT’S AN ARRESTABLE OFFENSE BUT SOMETHING THAT ENDS UP IN THE VIOLENT ROTATION AND PEOPLE HAVE A HARD TIME GETTING OUT OF IT.>>THIS HAS SPURRED LOCAL OFFICIALS AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER TO TRY AND TACKLE THIS PROBLEM IN A NEW WAY. BLADE, BRAINERD LAKES AREA DRUG EDUCATION, IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT, CROW WING COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICES, CROW WING COUNTY SCHOOLS, AND THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.>>WE WANT TO AND HAVE INCLUDED OUR RECOVERY POPULATION, RECOVERY PEOPLE THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITY, BACK IN OUR DISCUSSIONS, BECAUSE THEY ARE THE EXPERTS, IF YOU WOULD SAY, ON HOW — WHAT THEY FACED AND HOW THEY WORK TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR GOALS TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THAT TYPE OF LIFESTYLE.>>ON MONDAY, BLADE HELD A COMMUNITY LISTENING EVENT TO TALK ABOUT THE PROGRESS OF THE PROGRAM AND ITS NEXT STEPS.>>OUR FOCUS NOW IS TO GET THAT SUPPORT, TO GET THE PEOPLE TO MAKE A COMMITMENT, TO HELPING US MOVE FORWARD AND THEN START TO REALLY DIAL IN THESE INITIATIVES AND THEN PUSH OUR FOCUS FORWARD.>>THOUGH BLADE IS STILL IN ITS BEGINNING STAGES, ORGANIZERS ARE EXCITED FOR THE FUTURE POSSIBILITIES AND IMPACT THAT THE PROGRAM COULD HAVE. REPORTING FROM BRAINERD, RACHEL JOHNSON, LAKELAND NEWS.>>ORGANIZERS WITH BLADE HOPE TO HOLD SIMILAR LISTENING SESSIONS IN SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES SUCH AS CROSBY AND

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