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Local woman highlighting the dangers of meth

Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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PAW PAW, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The number of meth busts around West Michigan remains high and local departments report an increase in people using the drug recently.

A local woman is once again working to highlight the problem and stop people from using in the first place.

This weekend will mark the 4th year of prevention with the Festivalooza.

"I come from a life of using methamphetamines," said Jewel Dailey, the organizer of the Festivalooza.

Dailey spent 14 years using meth.

Nearly 5 years ago she graduated from the drug treatment court program in Van Buren County and moved on to bigger and better things.

"I was given a vision, you would say, to help out our community and help change things that I helped damage," said Dailey.

It led her to organize and event to educate the public about the dangers of meth.

Together with Freshwater Community Church, they are on their 4th year of fighting the drug together.

"We try to combine family fun, a lot of activities with education about the dangers of meth and it's prevalence in our community," said event coordinator Jason Bull.

Over the last 3 years the event has raised nearly $60,000 to support the drug treatment court, the county substance abuse task force and Dailey efforts to go into the schools to stop the problem before it starts.

"Going into schools to do prevention and awareness. I mentor women out of the drug court treatment program. I think prevention and awareness is the key to keeping a community safe from the drug," said Dailey.

The event is this Saturday at Paw Paw Middle School from 2 to 7 p.m.

It is $7 per person or $25 per family and includes lunch, a kids' zone with games and live music.

For more information visit their website:  http://www.86meth.org/


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