Tim Weber – Community Education Liaison
The Office of the State’s Attorney designed an Opiate & Heroin prevention program for high school students, “Special O.P.T.S (Opiate Prevention &; Teen Support)” as well as a program designed for middle school students, “Don’t Believe the Lie”. Our outreach specialist has also spoken to local college students, community groups and parents regarding the signs of drug use and trends in young adults.
For the Middle Schools, the CCSAO, CCPS, and CCHD have developed the Don’t Believe the Lie Program, which includes showing a video of real Carroll County Public School teens who were faced with situations when they were confronted with peers asking them to use alcohol, drugs, or vaping products. The Program teaches refusal skills to the students and the importance of using those skills to avoid these harmful and dangerous activities. The Program emphasizes the benefits of avoiding drug and alcohol use and also the negative consequences that often occur with such use of drugs and alcohol.
For the public High Schools, the Special O.P.T.S (Opiate Prevention and Teen Support) Program was developed. This program includes the Dear Future Me video that shows high school students reading a letter to his/her future self and imagines that future as both bright and hopeful due to the positive choices the teen has made in his/her youth.