Released by: Carteret County School System
The use of chemicals by youth is an increasing concern across the nation and state. Community members, local law enforcement and the school system are partnering to present a special program titled “When Love Isn’t Enough” on September 16. The awareness program will take place at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of West Carteret High School.
Matt Knight, a special agent with the Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) Branch, will be the featured speaker. The program is designed for middle and high school students and their families. Valuable information will be shared for all those who work and spend time with youth, including family members, church leaders, counselors and community members.
“The presentation will focus on the use of chemicals by young people in the community and preventative measures,” Dr. Sue Kreuser said. “This includes prescription and non-prescription drugs used in the community. We hope young people and their parents will attend, and we also hope churches and church groups/youth groups will bring any regular Wednesday night meetings to this program.” Dr. Kreuser serves as the school system’s point of contact for the program.
“This is an opportunity for our community to come together to share ownership of the misuse of chemicals by our youth,” Sheriff Asa Buck said. “The information that will be shared will be helpful and informative. A collective effort in the understanding of the problem and of ways to decrease substance abuse will enhance the quality of life for our county’s young people and for all of us who call Carteret County home.”
Morehead City Police Chief Bernette Morris is pleased that the program is being hosted at West Carteret High School, a school in Morehead City.
“This will be a very important presentation for everyone to attend,” Chief Morris said. “As the title of the program states, often love is not enough and this program will arm parents and those who work with young people with ideas and techniques.”
Agent Knight is a Carteret County native. He entered the field of law enforcement at the Fayetteville Police Department in 2002. Agent Knight joined ALE in 2006 and has worked in Carteret County since 2006. Agent Knight is a second generation ALE agent. His father Randy Knight worked for ALE in the late 70′ and early 80’s in Carteret County. Agent Knight has worked patrol, investigations, property crimes, narcotics and crimes against persons throughout his career, and states that education is his passion.
At the close of the program, there will be a time for general discussion with the professionals attending the meeting.
For more information about the program, please Dr. Kreuser at 252-728-4583, ext. 1112.