COMA anti-drug group makes headway |

COMA anti-drug group makes headway

“Would you ingest drain cleaner or antifreeze?”

This saying, flanked by a picture of a skull and crossbones, depicts one of the messages members of anti-drug group Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Addictions approved Thursday night.

Along with that message, members decided at their regular meeting to advertise meth’s destruction through a series of eye-catching signs to be placed in high traffic areas across town this summer.

“I think this makes a very good start,” said Annette Gianinetti of the board.

But, there already are a number of visible signs of work being done by members of COMA.

Members of the group’s executive committee ran down a laundry list of projects and updated their progress Thursday night.

For example, the group’s Web site,, is filling out. Members said they soon hope to offer meeting times for the group’s subcommittees. Also, members hope to keep adding more information and links for drug users to seek help or ways for interested people to get on board with the effort.

Members also agreed to seek donations of video cameras to be used by those in the group’s Neighborhood Watch groups. Some have been known to witness alleged drug deals and could have had the evidence on videotape if cameras were available. Donations of cameras, or money to purchase them, can be made by calling COMA’s number at 826-2302.

In other news, members considered printing T-shirts with an anti-meth logo. Members also considered hosting a pie-throwing fund-raising event at the Grand Olde West Days.

Gianinetti said she’s been making inroads with people in other agencies in communities across state and county lines that want to be involved in the COMA movement.

Dr. Carolyn Gochee and Doug Seward spoke about treatment options available through Gochee’s chiropractic practice. Seward said some of the treatments may be available to drug users at no charge to begin with while the treatments gained momentum here.

“We know there’s a problem in Moffat County like there is in every small town in America,” Gochee said. “We want to find out the root of the problem and find out what’s going on.”

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or

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