Stu­dents learn about risky be­hav­iours

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News -

MAN­JIMUP Se­nior High School stu­dents were con­fronted with some harsh re­al­i­ties about drugs last week as part of the Risk In­ter­ven­tion to Save Kids pro­gram.

The RISK pro­gram is a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween the War­ren Dis­trict High School, War­ren Black­wood Com­mu­nity Health and Man­jimup Se­nior High School and aims to ed­u­cate youth about the dan­ger of risk-tak­ing be­hav­iours such as binge drink­ing and tak­ing metham­phetamine and other drugs.

The pro­gram, pre­vi­ously co­or­di­nated by nurse Barb Gore, is now run by Man­jimup Se­nior High School.

“We recog­nised the im­por­tance of the pro­gram,” co­or­di­na­tor Suzi Gi­blett said.

Stu­dents were pre­sented with talks from St John Am­bu­lance, the po­lice and wit­nessed a sce­nario of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent vic­tim in the emer­gency depart­ment.

Stu­dents were also pre­sented with talks from founders of the drug sup­port group Doors Wide Open Julie Kent and Lina Pugh.

Mrs Pugh spoke about her son’s three-year ad­dic­tion with ice, while Ms Kent’s three sons had also been af­fected by the drug.

Nine­teen-year-old Doors Wide Open vol­un­teer Court­ney Mar­shall, who is in re­cov­ery, also spoke about her own ex­pe­ri­ence.

Year 11 stu­dent Dar­cie Bow­den said she learnt that the ef­fects of metham­phetamine were wide­spread, af­fect­ing your health and your friends and fam­ily.

“It was very eye-open­ing,” she said.

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