Chief Gregory: Program Works to Steer Berea Kids Away From Drugs, Violence

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Berea Police Department Chief David Gregory fielded questions from the audience following his presentation at a anti-drug forum in Richmond on Friday.

Leaders in government, law enforcement and the media met Friday in Richmond to discuss ways to tackle the growing drug epidemic in Madison County.

Berea Police Department Chief David Gregory was among the keynote speakers, allowing him to report on the success of the city’s Too Good for Drugs program, a national initiative that targets middle schoolers. The program is currently in progress at Farristown Middle School, Foley Middle School and Berea Community.

Too Good for Drugs helps students develop strategies for goal setting, decision making, effective communication and conflict resolution. Perhaps most importantly, it addresses the dangers of various kinds of substance abuse.

To engage parents, the program features take-home assignments designed to help families begin discussions about avoiding substance abuse and violence. Chief Gregory said the city has been pleased with the results of the program so far.

Berea Mayor Steve Connelly was in attendance, along with Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes and Madison County Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor.

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