The 1986-87 county grand jury, which has begun an examination of drug-abuse programs in the county, is finding "great fragmentation of programs and services" and a lack of them at the high school level, where the need is considered great, the jury foreman said Wednesday.
In a preliminary report, foreman James V. Robinson II said there are at least 48 drug prevention programs in the county. He said there is a need for "a uniform system of education and prevention" of drug abuse. Robinson also said the jury will issue a final report later this year that contains its specific recommendations for changes in drug-abuse programs in the county.
Robinson said the jury sent surveys to school districts, cities, police departments, county agencies and selected nonprofit organizations, asking for information about their drug-abuse programs. He said the responses showed "a lack of coordination in the delivery of programs and services."
The jury's interim report added: "Substance abuse education and services are being delivered by individual school districts and police departments with little or no coordination between the various agencies involved."