Teen Drug Training

By: Tamara Evans
By: Tamara Evans

Representatives from nearly twenty counties are attending a two-day basic training at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville to prepare youth and adults to work together more to help fight this problem.

The training is called "Together We Stand Against Drugs".

"At your school, if you haven't been offered already, someone someday will offer you drugs, I'm here to guarantee that", says Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence.

Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence helped kick off a two day training for teens and adults to help them take a stand against drug abuse in our communities.

"I just think it's gonna be really successful and hopefully we're gonna have lots more", says Muhlenburg South Senior, Erin Day.

And..taking a stand is just what many of these teens have already done.

A group of young people from Muhlenburg County working with the 4-H Extension Program wanted to go into the communities to do drug training and began the group called S.T.A.N.D., Students Teaching About Narcotics Dangers.

"They've been doing alot of work in the local communities and wanted to share with other counties what they're doing in the way of prevention", says Tommy Harrison, the Muhlenburg County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development.

The group is helping with other teens and adults to get the word out that drugs are not only a problem in the community and high schools, but everywhere.

"For school age children, primarily are inhalents, marijuana, methanphetamine, also prescription drugs and then the club drugs", says Cheyenne Albro, the Director for the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force.

"We're seeing it now in the elementary schools and middle schools too and problems also with alot of parents and kids in the situations at home", says Muhlenburg South Senior, Suzanne Holt.

That's why these teens and adults are working together to help tackle this issue.

These adults say with these teens taking a stand they are able to reach out to more young adults.

"We can tell them you can have fun in high school and enjoy your time in school without doing drugs and it means a little bit more coming from someone they can relate to", says Holt.

Participants are going to create a plan during the two-day training to take back to their communities.

They will then put what they learned at the training into action.

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