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State senate candidate helps fight meth

Before he decided to run for the state senate, Bill Jackson began doing his part to fight the methamphetamine epidemic in Georgia.

The former state representative and current Georgia Department of Corrections board member is promoting a state-wide poster campaign aimed at preventing people from trying the drug that has caused numerous headaches for law enforcement.

GDC posters depicting the harmful effects of methamphetamines on people will be tacked up any place impressionable youngsters frequent. The hope, Mr. Jackson said, is that the images will help them decide never to touch the stuff.

"It's a major problem in the state now," he said. "Of course our prison cells are full, over full. It's just one of those problems that you've got in a society, and it's just running like wildfire."

As part of the campaign, officials will fan across the state teaching kids the dangers of drugs.

"We're going to visit schools. We're going to challenge the young people to stay away from this stuff," Mr. Jackson said. "...I don't think some of these kids understand what it does, and that's what the poster's about. A pretty little girl and in six to eight weeks, she looks like a witch."

In addition to schools and playgrounds, Mr. Jackson said businesses should hang posters to assist the campaign. He also suggested they be placed at bus stops and any other place adults could see them as well.

"It's a good program," Mr. Jackson said. "We're doing something anyway."

Mr. Jackson is a candidate for the 24th state senate district, which includes McDuffie County.

Web posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007

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