Jackson County has rolled out its new anti-drug billboards, all at prominent locations.


One is on Interstate 70 at the Interstate 435 interchange, and another is on I-470 at Colbern Road in Lee’s Summit. The other three are in Kansas City: on I-70 at Benton Boulevard, on U.S. 71 at 16th Street and at Southwest Trafficway and Westport Road.


The county is giving its COMBAT program a higher profile, and the billboards with striking images and messages are part of that. One, for example, shows a haggard looking woman with the phrase “Chemical peel by cocaine,” and another shows a man behind bars and “Social networking by ecstasy.”


The “Save a life, save a Neighborhood” ads are meant to be jarring reminders of the toll taken by drugs, and they direct people to combatjack.org, which has a variety of resources such as suggestions on how to talk to your kids about drugs.


COMBAT – the Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax – is a Jackson County quarter-cent sales tax that funds a variety of anti-drug efforts. The voters first approved it in 1989 and have renewed it several times, most recently in 2009.