Drug forum and workshops educate the community

FIFTY five adults and 12 children attended a community drug forum at the Wingham Town Hall yesterday (Tuesday June 10).

Hosted by Wingham High School the forum brought together a cross section of the community to hear talks about the effects of drugs and alcohol on young people.

Police youth liaison officers talked about the legal aspect of drug and alcohol abuse in our area and were pleased with the number of people that attended.

The evening also included an interactive simulation - by choosing volunteers to wear special goggles, the officers were able to demonstrate how impaired a person can be with high range alcohol levels.

Canteen manager Lynda Nash served supper and plans are already underway to hold another forum in the near future.

The next day the officers went to Wingham High School to further educate the students. Four, 50 minute presentations were made to students in years 8-12.

Again some of the students were able to try the goggles, as well as watch videos and receive vital information about holding safe parties and other drug related issues.

School liaison police officer, Steven Jeffery said the students were attentive and interactive.

Many asked questions during the Q and A session and some even came up afterwards to talk one on one about more personal concerns.

The police officers will return at a time to be arranged to hold workshops aimed more specifically to students in year seven.