Community-Based Drug Prevention

The reality of drug abuse

Pike County Courier – May 3, 2012

MILFORD — “You see how people really are and how drugs can really change how a person is,” said Adam Tidridge of the Reality Tour. Fellow high school student, Alexander Trujillo agreed that the feel of actually “being there” in the moment has a greater impact than anything kids might see on television or video. The two were among the Delaware Valley students playing roles during the drug reality play that is the Reality Tour.Jimmy Teehan of the Child Death Review Team and Betty Ann Teehan of Pike County’s Child Care Information Services, took the opportunity at Wednesday’s commissioners meeting to recognize those involved in their annual Reality Tour presentation.The Teehans also presented department President John Crespo, of the Milford Volunteer Fire Department, with a letter of Appreciation for the department’s assistance in producing the Reality Tour.“We can’t do the Reality Tour without volunteers,” said Teehan, who also recognized the parents and children who had already gone through the program.“We immerse them in the whole scene,” said Betty Ann. She walked through what happens and the impact it has on those witnessing. “A police comes in and arrests someone that’s sitting there. Four or five times it has been my son. And I knew it was coming. And I cried. It is quite realistic.”“It kind of shows them that it does happen … its the good kids, who just get mixed up. The kids doing drugs accept him… it escalates… you have to start selling it, if you want it.”The tour shows peer pressure, the affects of drugs and alcohol on the kids, the reality of being arrested and overdosing. During the program, there is morphed picture that shows how the physical impact of drugs on those going through it.“There’s a lot of poignant moments, a lot of startling moments,” says Betty Ann, obviously passionate about the subject matter. At the end, there is a recovering addict who talks about how they were just like the kids present and how their life was changed, what they did in order to keep being able to do the drugs and how bad things can really be when going through the addiction.May 19 is the final date for this year’s Reality Tour. It is a worthwhile and informative program, says Teehan, which helps prevent unnecessary risks due to drug and alcohol use by the youth of Pike County.In other business, the commissioners decided that there is no current need to pass an Act 13 impact fee ordinance. And if a gas well is drilled in the county in the future, then at that time an ordinance must be passed.The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday May 16.— Charles Reynolds