Georgia middle and high school students could soon learn during the school day about the dangers of methamphetamine use.
The Georgia Meth Project is unveiling a new meth prevention curriculum Tuesday at a Fayetteville Middle School with State Superintendent John Barge. The program expands the project’s reach by giving teachers materials for a roughly hour-long lesson. It will start in about two dozen schools and is optional for districts and schools.
It’s a way to reach thousands more kids before they try the highly addictive drug, said Jim Langford, Georgia Meth Project’s executive director.
“There may be other things that kids experiment with in their lifetimes. There may be other mistakes that they make. But we’re telling them: don’t let this be one of those mistakes.” Langford said. “This may be a mistake you cannot recover from; it’s that dangerous a drug. It’s five times more powerful than cocaine.”
Langford said Georgia has the worst problem in the country with teens trying meth for the first time.