Middle School Officials Beginning New Drug Policy

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

One in 33 teens say they have tried the powerful drug meth. In a new national survey, the average age that those teens first tried meth was 12 years old. One middle school in Hazard is gaining national attention for what they're doing to change those alarming numbers.

They're the "Dawgs Patrolling Drugs", a group of 10 to 14 year old students at Roy G. Eversole Middle School that has more than one reason to fight the epidemic.

"My mom had a drug problem. She's been in and out of jail. She just got out of treatment and had to go back," said student Paige Williams.

All but two of these students have a similar story. That's why they say they're not surprised by the meth project results where one in ten students say they've been offered drugs and about 25 percent say drugs are easy to get at any age. It's also the drive behind their passion. While creating a new drug policy for their school, these students say they found several surprising factors.

"It has to be stopped as soon as possible," said student Beau Davis.

Their teacher, Mendy Meehan, says the students wanted a no tolerance drug policy but got the school board to pass something nearly as strong.

"It used to be three times, but now if you get caught two times with drugs, you're suspended," said student Kendra Kidd.

They've held student government elections, anti-drug pep rallies and now they're working for every student to be drug tested, not just athletes. In the spring, the hallways will be painted with anti-drug murals to get more attention.

We also have a dictionary of teen drug slang for parents. You can find that at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/08/07/health/webmd/main3143669.shtml.


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