Synthetic drugs are making a splash among teens and are leaving their family members with questions on how to handle this issue. One Eldon resident decided to take a stand and take steps to informing her community.
"We hope to help our community and the parents to understand the dangers more," Jennifer Golden-Emory said. "I hear and see the pain in the parents or loved ones and it breaks my heart."
Golden-Emory founded Siblings Against Violence and Drugs with one goal in mind. She wants to help her community by informing the residents the best way she can.
"The answer is we don't know exactly what this K2, spice, synthetic stuff is doing to the body whether they are young or old. We have seen cases that range from delusion, dehydration to kidney failure, heart attack and even death," she said.
Golden-Emory and her family had a scare that will haunt them forever and was the main catalyst in her efforts against this issue.
"Siblings Against Violence and Drugs was started in July 2012. I have always wanted to help others and seeing our youth go through so much pain and the
need of dependence on drugs just breaks my heart. I never knew what to do or where to start. I always felt I was at a disadvantage, but last summer
my dad and I found my younger brother nearly dead on the back porch of my parent's home after he smoke synthetic marijuana," she recalled.
Golden-Emory's father was a firefighter and first responder for the Eldon Fire Department and she had actually taken first responder classes in high school, so they immediately jumped into a different mode.
"We went from being a father and sister to first responder mode and did everything to make sure he was breathing and responsive. Our mom works for
Eldon Dispatch and was on duty at the time we had to call for an ambulance, she had to dispatch an ambulance for her own son," she remembered.
Matthew Golden survived that terrifying day and is now his big sister's inspiration in informing the community about the dangers of synthetic drugs.
Crocker Police Chief Chris Twitchel has spoken to other communities about this topic but will present to the Eldon area for the first time on Thursday, March 13.
Golden-Emory hopes that residents will receive a better understanding of the dangers.
"I think a lot of people or teens especially have been told that it is legal marijuana and that it is FDA approved, but that is
incorrect information, our goal is to explain and prove to them that those ideas are false," she said. "Eldon is my hometown and I don't
want it to be a bad place. Miller County has a problem, but Eldon is one of the worst. I have little cousins and friends with children in our
Page 2 of 2 - community and I will do anything to protect them and to let them know the dangers that are lurking around and just waiting to get them caught up in
Siblings Against Violence and Drugs hopes to host more forums in the future. Golden-Emory wants residents to know that the organization is not only open to teens. She hopes it can be a resource to anyone who wants to be informed.
"We have talked to parents, teachers, siblings, friends, addicts, etc. We just want everyone to get the help they need. We hope to get
activities going in the community to help people of all ages to understand and know that they can enjoy life and have a great time without drugs," she said.
For more information about Siblings Against Violence and Drugs, contact founder Jennifer Golden-Emory at 573.552.1328 or email email@example.com.
If you plan on going...
What: Eldon Community Forum
Topic: The Dangers of Synthetics
When: Thursday, March 14
Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Forum starts at 6:45 p.m.
Where: Eldon Community Center