No blowin’ smoke: Youths pledge to stay addiction-free

Published 2:50 pm Tuesday, November 30, 2021

The Washington Parish Coalition on Human Services (WPCHS) held its November meeting at ADAPT in Bogalusa.

Members of the Washington Parish Youth Coalition (WPYC) provided a program on vaping. The youth discussed trends, data, and the truth about hazards of vaping. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 60 confirmed deaths in 2020 related to e-cigarettes or vaping.

WPYC members are sending the message, “It’s your life, choose wisely.” Youth who assisted in making the presentation included Gracie Thigpen, Bailey Burdette, Shyanne Burris, Brylee Pittman, Roderick Robinson, and Abram Pounds. Regina Meyerchick serves as the parish coordinator for the WPYC.

Those in attendance included: (in person) Ginger Champagne, Rusty Fornea, Rhonda Gunnell, Leslie Holmes, Glory Davis, Charlette Minor, Dana Walker, Kasey Pittman, Regina Meyerchick, Maddie Champagne, Karen McGhee, Jana Pounds, Gloria Kates, KeAndrea Anderson, Rebecca Pounds, Gracie Thigpen, Bailey Burdette, Shyanne Burris, Brylee Pittman, Roderick Robinson, Lauryn Smith and Abram Pounds; (via Zoom) Kathleen Pollard, Wendy Castillo, MSgt. Amy Thomas, Nnenna Minimah, Takisha Bell and Wendy Castillo.

The next scheduled meeting for the WPCHS will be on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 9:30 a.m. at ADAPT, located at 222 Memphis St. in Bogalusa.

Meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Rusty Fornea at 985-735-0160.