By Mark Buffalo

Staff Writer

More than 40 people attended an anti-drug seminar aimed at adults last week at the Lonoke Community Center.

Organizer Efrem Jones said 43 attended the meeting, which was sponsored by The BridgeWay.

"So many times we have drug awareness meetings and programs for children," Jones said Friday. "And we have discussions for people who are already on drugs. But we don’t have anything for the parents to catch the early signs that their child might be involved with drugs. So this was really a parent drug awareness program."

Lonoke Community Center director Mike Brown welcomed the panelists and guests.

Panelists were introduced by Lonoke County Circuit Judge Phillip Whiteaker.

They included:

• Lonoke Police officer Malcolm Cole, whose topic was "Yes, this could be your child!"

• Pharmacist Rick Pennington whose topic was "Prescription medication abuse: short and long term side effects."

• Keith Eaton of the Lonoke County Drug Task Force. His topic was "Identifying drugs and paraphernalia."

• Counselor Reggie Clayton of Serenity Park. His topic was "Warning signs of use and abuse."

• Megan Hold, director of clinical Services at the BridgeWay. Her topic was "Drug abuse resources at the BridgeWay."

Jones, who is a member of the Lonoke City Council and a Church of Christ minister, said he would have liked for the room to be overflowing but was pleased with the turnout.

"I expected between 35 and 50 people," Jones said.

Jones said Lonoke Mayor Wayne McGee had asked him about doing another meeting of this type early next year.