The Town of Ridgefield is looking to apply for a Substance Abuse Awareness Grant. A report has been drafted about vaping which found that the practice has taken the place of marijuana in terms of popularity in Ridgefield
Alcohol is the most frequently used substance.
First Selectman Rudy Marconi says the town has been denied this grant before, but nearby Darien was recently approved. Ridgefield could piggy back off of Darien's application for the grant.
Selectman Barbara Manners noted that parental involvement is key in keeping youth drug-free.
Marconi recently talked with his fellow Selectmen about new trends in drug use. One is called “dripping” and causes blistering in the mouth, esophagus, and lungs. Another is the use of an electronic cigarette known as “Jewels” and are being used for illicit substances.