Education and Fighting Meth

February 16, 2007 - Posted at 5:44 p.m. CST

JONESBORO-The concept of fighting meth addiction is starting at a much younger age.

"In one of our D.A.R.E. curriculum lessons we're talking to the kids about meth and explaining to them about how addictive it is and how you can use it one time and some people use it one time and become addicted to it," said Kevin Foust, one of Jonesboro's Education Outreach Officers.

And fifth graders are always full of questions.

"They ask a lot about how it's made, how it's used. And some experts say maybe we shouldn't tell them how it's used, but we try to give them as much information as we can," said Foust.

That information includes pictures showing what meth does to teeth and skin, as well as, what to look for.

"I think that gives them a better picture that maybe i shouldn't experiment with this because now i know what can happen," said Foust.

D.A.R.E. officers say their presence in the schools is crucial, because sometimes it's is the only chance kids will have to learn the consequences of drug addiction.

"It's really important. It helps a lot of the kids open up and they feel comfortable about discussing those things with us, and it's a really good thing," said Foust.

That discussioin could very well be the first step in prevention.

"I think that's a lot of the problem. A lot of kids do these things because they are curious and they want to reach out there and see what it does," said Foust.

So it's the hopes of officers, by killing the curiosity, they can save one more person from destroying their lives.

"Those kids remember that officer coming into their classroom and sharing that information with them. They remember it for a long time," said Foust.

D.A.R.E. say when resources become available it hopes to expand into the Junior High and High schools.

Officers say the biggest prevention starts at home with parents, and previnting drug addiction is a team effort.

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