The Ambassador Christian Academy (ACA) joined the national Red Ribbon Week moment against drugs and alcohol Tuesday Oct. 27.
Trooper D.M. Williamson, with the West Virginia State Police, made a visit to the school to address a crowd of high school-aged children about the dangers of drug use.
Williamson gave ACA students a peak into the life of modern law enforcement where police are facing endemic levels of drug addiction.
The crimes associated with drug addiction were also explored as Williamson invited a former drug addict to share some of his stories with the children.
Junior Arnold explained to the children at ACA his cycle of drug abuse started with the seemingly innocent use of marijuana, and, over time, Arnold stated his drug use progressed to pharmaceutical pain pills.
Arnold told students the family bonds he exploited during his drug use have yet to be fully restored.
Arnold stated the thefts he perpetrated on his family to feed his drug addiction have continued to strain his family relationships; however, Arnold stated he understood that his own actions had put himself into this situation.
Williamson also provided children at the school with precautionary tales of rampant use of synthetic marijuana.
Hospitals throughout Mingo County have recently been inundated with synthetic marijuana overdose cases.
Williamson provided appropriate details relating to overdose cases by giving examples of several police officers having to hold down a single overdose patient and drug users who seemingly have no pain response.
ACA students were allowed ample time to ask questions of Williamson and Arnold.
Both Arnold and Williamson advised the children the best way to handle drug problems is by, “not starting.”
Gina Henson, principal of ACA stated, “I would like to thank Trooper Williamson, the West Virginia State Police and Mr. Arnold for taking the time to come to our school and inform our children.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2278 or by email at [email protected]