“This is the first year for the mobile unit to come here,” said Principal Matt Baker. “But every year we have taught our students the dangers of drugs, through speakers and other methods.”
Trooper First Class Elliott Gollihue, public affairs officer for the KSP said the unit features three video screens, short skits, and the effect of methamphetimines on a person.
He said students will see things like a person's face before using meth, and their face a year later as a result of being on the drug.
The unit has a meth room and a marijuana room.
“There is also a display on date rape drugs such as Rohypnol and GHP,” said Gollihue. “The purpose is to create drug awareness during red ribbon week.”
Baker said the unit will be a valuable asset to teaching drug awareness to students.
“Our freshmen students will go through the unit in their health and practical living classes, to assure that all freshmen see the displays,” said Baker. “It's another way we teach good decision making and planning for their future.”
Baker said he would like for students to learn the effects drug abuse has on people, “not only in the short term, but long term as well, and for them to see the physiological effects.”
The KSP Post 14 public affairs officer will be at the school during the event and will be answering any questions.
The Drugmobile made stops earlier this week at Russell High School, Russell Middle School and East Carter High School.
FRANK LEWIS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232.