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Anti-Drug Message Goes to Fayetteville Church

Posted November 3, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Fayetteville Police Officer David Houp went to church Sunday night -- with drugs and a message.

Houp took the drugs to church as part of an anti-drug campaign. He carries a display case of all kinds of drugs to teach parents and kids what to look for and to avoid. Houp hopes to give everyone involved an education that will help them keep drugs out of their lives for good.

Deborah Dudley said she thought the program is very helpful especially in recognizing potential danger signs in children's rooms. "It educates the parents if we go into the rooms, see anything we are not familiar with, we will know what it is, what the problem is, so I think this is a very good thing, and I am glad I am out here."

Houp hopes this "show and tell" will give adults the knowledge they need to keep kids off drugs and to show kids the dangers of doing drugs. Houp said he shows them "that the negatives outweigh the positives. That way they will know it's not a good thing to get engaged in."

Houp presents this kind of program at least three times a year. He also has a Saturday radio program to talk about crime prevention and drug use.