Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 9, 2013

Meth campaign offering classes to Georgia schools

DALTON, Ga. —  

 

The “meth problem” has reached such a destructive level in Georgia that the leader of a public awareness program believes a prevention class should be introduced in schools.

Jim Langford,  director of the Georgia Meth Project, said the drug is hurting families, especially children, and it is imperative that people learn more about its negative effects before they become users.

Whitfield  County Sheriff  Scott Chitwood said meth is the most popular and dangerous drug his department is dealing with right now.  He supports taking the problem straight to the classroom.

 

“We’ve educated people on not to drink and drive, we’ve educated people not to take a gun to the airport, about spousal abuse ... educational value does make a difference . . . ,” Chitwood  said. “ This (Georgia Meth Campaign) is in that category. It’s a massive, major education campaign with a message.”

He said north Georgia communities have struggled with the negative effects of meth for too long. “First-time users take it on an experimental basis ... it is addicting on the first time you use it. It’s not like smoking a joint of marijuana. You can walk away from that. Meth is addictive on the first use.”

 

Langford said a prevention program has been developed for use in schools and has the potential to be a valuable resource. The online resources include questions for students, personal stories, interactive games and videos,  which  Chitwood said “will make a difference.”

“ I think it is very beneficial to educate the non-user and the users today on the dangers of meth,” he said.

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Details for this story were provided by The Dalton (Ga.) Citizen.

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