"The foundation has put its thumb on Hickman County’s most crippling problem: drug use," Martin wrote. "Too many folks, mostly young adults, are rendered helpless by their dependency on illegal substances. Employers have a hard time finding workers who can pass a drug test; how will we attract industry if we can’t create responsible employees? This is one of those problems that cannot be solved by anyone but us. I can assure you that Superman is not coming."
"Rehabilitation, for all of its benefits, lacks effectiveness if the addict is not ready to change," Martin writes, quoting father Floyd Dalton: “One thing I did learn -- all that time taking him back and forth to rehab -- if they’re not ready to go, you’re wasting your time.”
In his column, Martin wrote, "Addiction can happen to anyone, and breaking free from it is a Herculean challenge. What the Beard family is doing is the only way to attack this problem: Get involved. Drug addiction is one of those dilemmas that demand hands-on attention from people who live close by."
"I want to write the story of an addict who has recovered, and explain what it took. Same for drug counselors: What do we need to know, and how can we help addicts? Rehab centers: What do they see, and what can they tell us back here about addiction, including what to look for?
"Plenty of drug users end up in the criminal justice system; how does that work, or not work? I want to know whether spending tax dollars for more rehab, instead of more prosecution, might be a way to go. Does drug court work?"