Beech Grove works to become drug-free through coalition led by alumna

The Beech Grove Comprehensive Drug-Free Coalition hands out Deterra bags at events along with information about the coalition and other relevant resources.

“I stated publicly about four years ago that the city of Beech Grove has an issue with heroin,” Beech Grove, Ind. Mayor Dennis Buckley said. “That really wasn’t a popular statement to some, but it was an honest answer and I wasn’t going to sugarcoat anything. I was just going to tell the truth. And I think the first solution to our problem is to admit we’ve got one.”

The Beech Grove Comprehensive Drug-Free Coalition was created two years later, in 2017, in response to the mayor’s statement. The faith-based roundtable, that includes members of the Beech Grove community, reached out to fellow community member and University of Indianapolis alumna Diana Hendricks, who took on the proposal of a drug-free coalition and has since expanded it.

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