PRESS RELEASE: Committee formed to combat drug use by Mississippi’s coastal parents


BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — Chancellor Sandy Steckler is hosting a very special appreciation luncheon on Thursday, August 18 at noon. The event is being held at the Longfellow Civic Center in Bay St. Louis, to thank the Hancock County Task Force for their dedication to the children and families of Hancock County. Dr. David Chandler, Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services (MDCPS) will be in attendance and will officially announce the formation of a new committee designed to address issues related to the rising number of coastal parents who partake in the use of illegal drugs.

Commissioner Chandler and Chief Justice Bill Waller have spoken at length about the growing problem and have agreed to appoint Justice Michael Randolph to chair the newly formed committee. First Lady, Deborah Bryant, has also agreed to serve on the committee that will study various reduction methods and explore implementation of programs to aide in lowering drug use among Mississippi’s coastal parents. One of the committee’s first tasks will be to solicit the coastal judiciary for recommendations of additional qualified members who are interested in serving our state in this important capacity.

MDCPS is looking forward to working closely with the members of this anti-drug committee and assisting in its efforts to investigate how together, we can fight the war on drugs in order to prevent child abuse and neglect, and protect the children of Mississippi.