Conferees: all must do more in war on illegal drugs here

Editor’s note: This is the first of four stories on the Kaua’i County Drug Summit 2005, held recently at the Kauai Beach Resorts (formerly the Radisson Kauai Beach Resort near Hanama’ulu). Today’s installment is an overview. Over the next few days, articles will cover geographic plans, drug-treatment ideas, and enforcement and community-integration plans

Residents attending Kaua’i County Drug Summit 2005 praised Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste’s steady progress in his islandwide war against illegal drugs, but asked him and others to do even more.

Participants in the annual summit, this year held at the Kauai Beach Resorts (formerly the Radisson Kauai Beach Resort) off Kuhio Highway near Hanama’ulu, recommended Kaua’i Police Department leaders increase the number of drug-sniffing dogs, develop more anti-drug programs, seek out news organizations to spread the word about anti-drug programs, and encourage young folks to use The Kaua’i Bus to get to activities that will help them stay away from illegal drugs.

Other participants talked about creating housing for former inmates with drug problems, establishing a stronger network of service agencies, and creating a pool of business folks to serve as mentors for former inmates returning to society.

The summit is a way for county officials, those with service organizations who support the war on drugs, and interested residents to review what has been accomplished in the first year of implementation of the Kaua’i Community Drug Response Plan, and to set future goals, according to Mary Daubert, the county’s public information officer.

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