The Edmond Sun

Addiction

May 19, 2009

School district leads way for drug prevention

EDMOND — While the Edmond School District is organizing a group to research addiction, a local middle school is leading the way in making students aware of addiction and how much can be lost because of it.

“A newly organized group to study drug prevention, intervention and treatment has been formed by the district in the last two months to help the schools be more focused in their fight against drug usage,” said Jim Carlile, alternative education director at Boulevard Academy.

The district offers small group counseling and individual counseling, and there also is information and counseling through Edmond Family Counseling and A Chance to Change, Carlile said.

The Drug and Alcohol Issues Study Committee will meet for the first time this Thursday to research drug prevention, intervention and treatment. At this time the committee will be composed of school personnel and possibly will include parents and students at a later date.

“Since we didn’t go forward with the drug testing policy we formed this committee to help us be more pro-active with our drug and alcohol issues,” said Brenda Lyons, associate superintendent of secondary education.

The committee will look at what is going on, researching successful programs and making recommendations, Lyons said.

Middle school students at Summit are taking an active role in making fellow classmates aware of addiction and the pain it causes through the school organization 2 Much 2 Lose.

“Although 2 Much 2 Lose (2M2L) is a nationally recognized organization, Summit is the first Edmond school as well as the first school in Oklahoma to sponsor this group,” said Karen Benway, one of the club sponsors.

“2 Much 2 Lose is a statewide initiative focused on reducing and preventing underage drinking through law enforcement efforts, community and social norms, change and youth leadership,” Benway said.

This year the organization combined with the school’s drama club to perform skits for the eighth-graders. The students also listened to poems and were made aware of the consequences of underage drinking.

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