Methamphetamine use and production continues to rise in the southeast. In Grady County 95 percent of arrests are drug related, and the sheriff says meth is creeping into the number one spot for drug use.
Astonishment filled high school students’ faces as they heard firsthand what meth can do to their body.
Dana Brock, a ninth grader at Cairo High, said, "All those chemicals that goes in like everything is toxic with Drano and bathroom cleaners and poisons, and how it can come out of your body through your skin, comes out through your pores and sores everywhere."
Sheriff Harry Young of Grady County said, "Very few of them, as we noticed in the class, have any idea what's involved in the production of meth and what it actually does to the body after they use it. The only thing they hear about is how it makes you feel the first time you use it."
The sheriff's office wants to dispel those myths.
Brock added, "I didn't realize that a lot of people get hooked on it the first time."
Sheriff Young says meth is unstoppable once a person tries it.
Their goal is to educate teens now so they never start using meth.
Brandi Anderson, a ninth grader at Cairo High, said, "I think it's a lot of pressure because most teens, they're willing to try different things. But I wouldn't recommend it to anyone 'cause I know what it can do and I wouldn't want anyone pressuring me to do anything like that."
One lesson at a time, they hope to squash meth through education, painting a real picture of what can happen to an addict.
The Grady County Sheriff's Office is working with the school system and teachers to create a permanent curriculum to be taught in all health classes next school year.
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