Word Of Mouth Could Lower Teen Drug Use

Agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said a few helpful tips can help any community reduce drug abuse and violence among teens. That's why the Gulfport Junior Auxiliary invited representatives from the DEA's New Orleans Field Division to Gulfport Tuesday.

They're helping form the Mississippi Gulf Coast's first "Teens in Prevention" or TIP program. The goal is to join service, civic, and law enforcement groups with school and community leaders to teach teens about substance abuse and violence. After that, they said they want teens to spread the message from there

TIP Network Coordinator Davie Monnette said, "We find that about 80 percent of high school students who say they've used an illegal drug at least once, when you ask them where they got that drug, they got it from a friend. So, if 80 percent of the folks out there can talk friends into using drugs, you have to recognize they can talk them out of using drugs."

For more on the TIP program, log on to www.deatip.net.