Tro­jans Don’t Mess With Meth

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Islander - By NI­COLE KATO

Mililani High stu­dents an­nounced April 29 that “Tro­jans Don’t Meth Around.”

Hawaii Meth Pro­ject part­nered with the As­so­ci­ated Stu­dents of Mililani High School and health ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents to “raise aware­ness about the dangers of meth and to em­power stu­dents to be­come ad­vo­cates of the Meth Pro­ject’s “Not Even Once” mes­sage.

“They did a lot of the work,” said Meth Pro­ject pro­gram man­ager Colby Takeda. “I showed them more events that we did at other schools, and they based the rally on what they thought would work at their school.”

Takeda also stated that the work be­gan long be­fore the rally.

Stu­dents put facts into the morn­ing an­nounce­ments and onto posters around cam­pus. They built on the anti-meth cam­paign by forg­ing their own mes­sage, “Tro­jans Don’t Meth Around.”

“Stu­dents can take a stand to live drug free,” Takeda ex­plained.

Re­search ta­bles were avail­able dur­ing the rally so stu­dents could learn more about Hawaii Meth Pro­ject pro­grams.

“They could see the tox­ins they put into their bod­ies if they take meth,” Takeda noted. “We con­nected them to our web­site (meth­pro­ject.org) be­cause a lot of what we do in our pro­gram­ming is cen­tered around it.

“The stu­dents got all the facts and in­for­ma­tion about meth on the web­site, and we hope that con­nect­ing stu­dents will al­low them to fol­low up with in­for­ma­tion.”

Dur­ing the rally, Blank Can­vas pro­moted the drugfree mes­sage through dance, en­ter­tain­ment also came from the Power 104.3 ra­dio crew and the Hawaii Army National Guard also at­tended.

Stu­dents took a stand to live drug free by sign­ing a Tro­jans Don’t Meth Around pledge, and health classes cre­ated signs de­scrib­ing the down­falls of meth use.

“We know that 90 per­cent of ad­dic­tions start dur­ing the teenage years, and be­cause of that it’s a crit­i­cal time,” Takeda said.

“We in­form the stu­dents about the dangers of meth use. We help them to un­der­stand what meth can do — not only to your­self but also your fam­ily and your friends.

“It’s im­por­tant we get to the stu­dents where they are, and not just in the class­room set­tings.”

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