Teaching kids the dangers of misusing medicines

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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - "...The health consequences, the social consequences, all of those things we discuss," said Paragould Police Department D.A.R.E officer, Corporal Brad Snyder.

Law enforcement agents are trying to open the lines of communication about the dangers of misusing prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

"Even the parents are getting educated too because the kids are going home and saying mom, dad we need to be reading these labels," said Snyder.

Snyder says within the last few years, they've integrated lessons about over-the-counter and prescription medicines into their program.

"How to read labels correctly, why it's important not to double up on active ingredients--things of that nature and we get into the health effects of those things a little bit," said Snyder.

He says their goal is to educate young people about the risks and consequences of misusing meds.

"We just lay it out there for them and say this is what can happen.   It's going to be up to them when the time comes to make the correct choice," said Snyder.

"There's an old saying that if you don't talk to your kids about drugs--someone is.   That is the person out there that's usually strung out on them or trying to make money off of them," said Skip Mooney, Jr.

Out of the Dark founder Skip Mooney, Jr. works tirelessly to educate young people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.  He says you have to "get real" with them.

"We should talk in terms of a roulette game, pharmaceutical roulette.   Do you want to take that chance, do you know what it does to your family---and show them," said Mooney.

Mooney says he thinks kids and teens will get it--adding it's not a scare tactic--it's reality.

"I think the key to the whole thing is education," said Snyder.

"We're trying to get ahead of that and say ok this is what's coming, pay attention to what's coming, listen to me and apply it later on when it counts," said Snyder.

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