Officials push opioid dangers to students

Officials push opioid dangers to students
Students at Monroe High School listen to an opioid prevention seminar. (Source: WALB)
A student listens to a drug prevention seminar at Monroe High School. (Source: WALB)
A student listens to a drug prevention seminar at Monroe High School. (Source: WALB)
Darrell Sabbs spoke at the assembly. (Source: WALB)
Darrell Sabbs spoke at the assembly. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany and Dougherty County officials are working to make sure students realize the dangers of opioids.

Friday the Moorehouse School of Medicine, Dougherty Alliance for Prevention of Opioid Use Disorder Program presented to sophomores and juniors at Monroe High School.

The coroner, assistant district attorney and EMS director and a few others spoke to students about opioids.

They spoke about some of the incidents they've worked with opioids in Dougherty County. Officials said they are trying to get the message to students as they depart for summer break.

"It means that they will have free time to just wander, very low structure and that idle time can be a devil's workshop," said Darrell Sabbs, the Phoebe Community Benefits Coordinator.

Michael Fowler, the Dougherty County Coroner also warned kids of the drugs.

"We're trying to tell these young kids, don't let your friends entice you to get involved with this drug or try it out. We don't know what these drugs are laced with," said Fowler.

Officials will be doing a similar presentation to students at Dougherty High School on Monday.

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