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Striking out against meth

COMA bowling fundraiser provides funds for drug abuse awareness

Bridget Manley

— The war against drugs continues this weekend – at a bowling alley.

Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse is scheduled to host a bowling tournament from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center to raise funds for its educational campaign against meth.

If last year’s turnout is any indicator, bowlers can expect a full house again on Saturday.

“We had a great time last year,” said Lisa Molison, chairwoman of the COMA fundraising committee. “I expect it to sell out again this year.”

For raffle prizes, Molison purchased various items, including inspirational plaques and Thanksgiving turkeys – “a lot of little things,” she said.

Molison has been a COMA member since the organization began. In her opinion, meth abuse has been “an epidemic” in the Craig – an epidemic COMA is fighting.

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“I believe since COMA started, meth use has gone down,” she said.

“It’s a horrible drug,” she added, “but it’s in our community, unfortunately.”

Educating the populace about the drug’s effects remains at the forefront of the organization’s operations, COMA Chairwoman Annette Dunckley said.

The money raised this weekend will further that goal by buying pamphlets and paying for presentations made by various professionals.

“We try to bring in different people from different professions” to speak about meth abuse, Dunckley said. Last year, COMA invited a doctor specializing in treating meth addiction to make presentations to both community members and local doctors.

COMA provides informational presentations to anyone in the community who asks, Dunckley said. Recently, the organization made a presentation to employees from the Bureau of Land Management, which was “well attended,” Dunckley said.

In the future, COMA plans to make a presentation to Realtors about methamphetamine production and its effects on residences.

“We try to … think outside the box,” Dunckley said, adding that COMA also collaborates with other community groups, including Celebrate Recovery, a faith-based support group for those battling addiction.

Directly or indirectly, meth affects everyone in a community, Dunckley said.

“The more you talk to someone, you find out they know someone – or know of someone – affected by meth,” the chairwoman said.