We reached out to multiple school districts in North Dakota to check out what kind of drug prevention education they are teaching kids in school.
Just last week, president Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency.
This raises a concern on what the community is doing to help prevent drugs especially where our kids attend school.
“It’s not just marijuana anymore, you have to worry about is it laced with methamphetamine is it laced with fentanyl is it laced with heroin,” said Minot PD senior officer Caisee Sandusky.
Currently there is no statewide drug prevention curriculum for North Dakota schools.
“There are definite programs out there that we probably should especially with the increase of you the fentanyl and those very really serious and lethal things that are coming into our community that pretty much anybody could have access to knowingly or not knowingly but to definitely implement some sort of curriculum,” Sandusky.
In Minot drug education begins at the middle school level.
“We come in and we talk about you know current drug trends what to look for safety, prevention, stuff like that and that touches on everything from pills to marijuana methamphetamine heroin, all of that,” Sandusky.
Students also have school counselors as an extra resource.
“A lot of the sharing that happens are things that have already occurred or situations where they’re concerned about another student,” said Minot High school counselor Jennifer Lunde.
While there might not be a set curriculum in the school, Minot PD tells us that drug education starts in the home.
“I think that at home we really need to start to get on board with knowing what to look for signs and symptoms of use and then where to go from there,” Said Sandusky.
She adds that drug prevention is a community effort and by working together we can combat the rising issue.
There are anti-drug participation programs for schools such as Red Ribbon week and other drug and alcohol prevention campaigns.