The answer to fighting drug abuse in Ripon may be parents and community members setting an example for their children by living “out the reality of God and the reality of His word in [their] lives.”

   That’s the suggestion Woody Price from Banbridge, Ireland, gave during a speech on opioid abuse.

   “When they see the reality of God, they don’t have to run and find security in other things ... find significance in other things … [and] acceptance in other things ... Those things can really only be found in God,” Price said.

   He offered this and other strategies to battle opioid addiction to Ripon parents during his talk Sunday night at Ripon’s Trinity Evangelical Free Church.

   Price works for the Stauros Foundation, which enables church leaders to provide one-on-one help to addicts.

   His speech comes at a time when Ripon is tackling drug abuse in the community with initiatives such as Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County, which has an office in Ripon Medical Center.

   Read the full story, which includes success stories, in the July 12, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.