Officials say meth is an epidemic in Texas, and one of the top five counties of recorded meth use in the state is Montague County. The Montague County Child Welfare Board wants to stop meth use before it starts. They are starting School Meth Awareness Programs tomorrow to teach students the effects of meth, and to enhance prevention of this drug abuse.
Meth is so strong that even if you try it just one time, it can result in addiction. 50% of those who try meth once become dependent. And 75% who try it two times become addicted. The Montague County Child Welfare Board wants to put a stop to this drug's destruction.
The Chairman says more than 100 kids a month in Montague County are considered at risk. And 90% of those are connected with family-related meth abuse. About half of the children are taken away from their homes and placed into foster care. Montague County Child Welfare Board Clint Brown says, "Kids not only suffer the neglect that's attendant with it, but also they have the physical damage from it from having meth in their skin, hair, and clothing".
The Montague County Child Welfare Board is rallying meth "Not Even Once" at area schools. Local Minister Austin Wright is the Moderator of these programs. He says they ran this program two years ago and it was highly effective in warning students about the hazards of meth even when just tried once.
Program Moderator and Minister of Nocona Church of Christ Austin Wright says, "They take home the fact that this is a dangerous substance that will change their lives forever. And they do go home talking about it to their parents that they don't want to try it even once". The presentations will be made to students in Montague County Junior High and High Schools. They will include a panel of people who have either been affected by meth or have family that have been affected by it.
The Meth Awareness Programs will begin tomorrow in the schools in Nocona and Prairie Valley. They plan to reach out to 1,600 kids in Montague County by next Friday. Key chains with the program's motto "Not Even Once" will be passed out to each student. They plan to continue these programs every two years to reach out to new students.