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Local school district launching adult drug education program

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Teenagers smoking weed and popping pills is a growing problem nationwide. Many school districts have student-only drug awareness programs, and nothing else. But China Spring ISD is going beyond those basic programs, and is now educating parents about the dangers of today's drug issues.

The school district already has some of the most stringent drug testing in Central Texas. They spend more than $30,000 a year on the test, and require all students to submit samples in order to participate in various school activities, whether it is athletics or prom.

Now, they are doing even more by reaching out to parents with adult-only drug education classes.

"We certainly want to educate every stakeholder, kids, parents, community members, faculty and staff on the dangers and signs to look for," China Spring Superintendent Marc Faulkner said. "So when kids do make the mistakes, do get involved in something they shouldn't we can see the signs and get them the help they need before it is too late."

Nearly 250 parents showed up for a recent adult's only drug education assembly. Where guest speakers from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Drug Enforcement Administration , the McLennan County Sheriff's Office and Waco Police discussed teenage drug use.

Law enforcement specifically discussed the growing concern regarding marijuana use and overdosing on prescription pills. They also shared with parents how to identify signs in their child, if they take any drugs.

"Parents have to set the example because they are the full time influence on the kid. So it is important to get the parents on board," DEA agent Steven Robertson said.

"This is a battle we not going to give up on. We care about the kids, we love them, we are going to fight to the end because it is the right thing to do," Faulkner said.

Superintendent Marc Faulkner says several parents who attended the assembly were appreciative of the discussion.

One parent wrote to the superintendent, "great way to work together to help protect our kids." Another said, "just educating the kids is half the problem, and what took place helps educate their parent as well -- which is the other half of the problem."

Faulkner said this adult drug education program will continue in the future, and may become an "every semester" event. He also said the program may even expand to include other school districts, such as Bosqueville and Crawford.

Law enforcement officials recommend all school districts provide drug education to parents, and say parent involvement is essential to the success in the fight against drugs.

"You can never do it too often because think about it in high school, basically every four years you have a new group of kids coming in. Which means a new group of parents. So every year you need to go out and talk to the parents and get that message to them about how these drugs destroy people's lives," Robertson said.

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