Swain's drug problem worries officials -Waynesville (NC) Smokey Mountain News
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Swain's drug problem worries officials - Waynesville Smokey Mountain News 02-20-08 By Julia Merchant The beautiful mountain scenery that covers Swain County hides an ugly truth - the area is combating a major ... via NC Mental Hope News
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#1 Feb 21, 2008
I do appreciate the concern and applaud the efforts of Sheriff Cochran on this problem. He is wrong about one thing, however. There really is nothing for the young people of Swain County to do after school is over.
No theater, no bowling alley, no outlet other than church exists for these young people. Few restaurants are open at night; in fact, you'd be hard pressed to find anything other than Ingles open after 5:00 pm in Bryson City. Sometimes going to Sylva or Cherokee is not an option, either. So some kids ride around, drink, do drugs, or have sex simply out of boredom and curiousity.
It's hard for me to believe that there is not someone here in Bryson City who has the money to provide some sort of entertainment for these kids. There are enough realtors who have made a killing in the past selling mountaintops to out-of-towners....why can't one of these people take an active interest in our children's future? There's undoubtedly a little profit to be made doing this. Do we just lack the will?
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