SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) Marijuana and alcohol are some of the most common gateway drugs between teens ages 13 to 17, according to Texoma Community Center Substance Use Director, Kristy Gourd.
But she says those aren't the only drugs teens in Texoma come across.
"In the area that we live in unfortunately methamphetamine is very prevalent even amongst the adolescent population and even the opioid epidemic is affecting us as well."
With a new program aimed at teens from Cooke, Fannin and Grayson counties, they will soon have an outpatient treatment program to help stop drug abuse at a young age.
"Our plan is to start April 1st with that program development and our goal is to have kiddos in treatment services by June 1st."
The program is made possible through funding under House Bill 13, awarding TCC a $200,000 grant, as long as they match the dollar amount.
Money they've received through annual fundraisers and private donations.
"Until this funding stream, we have not been able to secure funding to allow us to do that."
Gourd says this will be the first outpatient treatment center of its kind in the area.
"Until this time, any adolescent in our area who needs outpatient treatment and is not involved in the juvenile justice system have had to travel to the Dallas Metroplex."