HOPE makes strides in drug fight

The man behind efforts that began last year to get the Jefferson City community involved in the fight against drug use wants people to know those efforts are paying off and the work continues.

On Thursday, Jim Marshall, former Jefferson City High School track coach, introduced the first of what is being called “The Marshall Report,” an update that will be given quarterly from local law enforcement agencies on how the fight against illegal drugs is going.

Marshall lost his son, Cody, to a drug overdose.

“Ten months ago we launched a campaign to raise awareness,” Marshall said. “The HOPE (Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education) Campaign had four public meetings in Jefferson City, and public meetings have also been held in Columbia, Fulton and Rolla, with Eldon looking to have a meeting.”

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