Parents start advocacy group against drugs in Marystown

RCMP is cracking down on drug use on the Burin Peninsula after four students at Marystown Central High School were arrested for drug possession on Friday, and some parents have started an advocacy group to support the initiative.

RCMP is cracking down on drug use on the Burin Peninsula after four students at Marystown Central High School were arrested for drug possession on Friday, and some parents have started an advocacy group to support the initiative.

Ruby Hoskins, founder of Stand Against Drugs on the Burin Peninsula, said there is growing concern in her community about young teenagers using drugs and she wanted to do something about it.

"Parents are very worried because it's reaching almost epidemic proportions now," she said.

Hoskins said the people being targeted by drug dealers are younger than ever before, and that the forms the drugs are taking are changing to appeal to younger kids.

"They can be in the form of candy, fizzy candy, things like that — and even prescription drugs now are certainly a growing concern," Hoskins said.

Hoskins said she hopes to increase education programs in the area to reach students in younger grades.

She also advises parents to keep open lines of communication with their kids about drugs and to keep informed about the problem.

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