Project DrugSMART
 
 


Project DrugSmart is a comprehensive campaign designed to address drug education and awareness, prevention, and strategies and deterrents for maintaining a safe and drug-free environment in our schools. None of us can afford to ignore the easy availability of illicit drugs and alcohol in our communities.

District 7 and the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) coalition are collaborating on an initiative aimed at educating the community regarding the dangers of prescription drugs and underage drinking. At the core of the initiative are a series of short videos featuring individuals discussing aspects of both topics.

The first set of videos to be released center around the issue of prescription drug abuse. This project is intended to provide perspective on the growing concern regarding prescription drugs. We want our students and parents to know that it is important not to be complacent about prescription drug addiction…thinking that it cannot happen in their family.



District 7 and Project DrugSMART are proud to partner with the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention coalition to present a series of short videos discussing the danger of Prescription Drug Abuse. The EPIC group at Edwardsville High School helped to develop the concept of using short videos to convey the story of the detrimental effects of prescription drug abuse. Over the course of the next three weeks, we will present a total of 18 videos.

The videos can also be found at www.ecusd7.org/drugsmart or www.ASAPcoalition.org

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Project DrugSMART, in cooperation with the EHS EPIC group and the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) coalition, will share information throughout the month regarding the issues surrounding underage drinking.

Project DrugSMART…Today’s videos are both directed to our students. EHS students share what they would say to a friend who may be considering using alcohol. We applaud the students for their courage in taking a stand against youth alcohol use. 

Underage Drinking
To a Friend


 



In the second video, we hear from EHS Principal Dr. Dennis Cramsey and Health teacher/ EPIC co-sponsor Missi Sanders. They offer some advice and support for students.
 

Underage Drinking
To Our Students


 



Each video in the series has a slightly different focus. In the first video, Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn discusses drug overdoses in the county and shares that many of those are attributable to prescription drugs. Other videos feature: Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, Edwardsville Police Chief Jay Keeven, EHS Principal Dennis Cramsey, Faith Community leader and parent Ben Tolly, Middle School Prevention Counselor Mark Tschudy, Madison County Health Department Health Promotions Manager Amy Yeager, Edwardsville Police Department Sgt. Dennis Gunderson, parents, teachers, and students.

Videos related to Prescription Drugs will be released throughout the month of March. The videos regarding Underage Drinking will be released during Alcohol Awareness Month in April.

The administration and faculty representatives continue to meet with local law enforcement officials and members of the health community to discuss current trends in teenage drug use, their impact on the middle schools and high school, and potential solutions.

4-24-15 Underage Drinking - To Our Students MP4, WMV
4-24-15 Underage Drinking - To A Friend MP4, WMV
4-22-15 Underage Drinking - Life-Changing Event MP4, WMV
4-22-15 Underage Drinking - The Majority MP4, WMV
4-20-15 Underage Drinking - Perceptions MP4, WMV
4-20-15 Underage Drinking - Community Action MP4, WMV
4-17-15 Underage Drinking - A Student Perspective MP4, WMV
4-17-15 Underage Drinking - Danger of Teen Use MP4, WMV
4-15-15 Underage Drinking - Over the Limit MP4, WMV
4-15-15 Underage Drinking - Loss of Control MP4, WMV
4-13-15 Underage Drinking - A Knock on Your Door MP4, WMV
4-13-15 Underage Drinking - Impact on Teens MP4, WMV
4-10-15 Underage Drinking - Rite of Passage? MP4, WMV
3-27-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - Tips for Parents MP4, WMV
3-27-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - Community Partnerships MP4, WMV
3-25-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - Do Teens Listen? MP4, WMV
3-25-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - How Can Parents Intervene? MP4, WMV
3-23-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - Teen Perspective MP4, WMV
3-23-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - Parents and Prevention MP4, WMV
3-20-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - Accessibility MP4, WMV
3-20-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - Profile of a User MP4, WMV
3-18-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - An Epidemic MP4, WMV
3-18-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - A Real Problem MP4, WMV
3-16-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - Addiction in Families MP4, WMV
3-16-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - Addiction in the Body MP4, WMV
3-13-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - A Long Road MP4, WMV
3-13-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - Warning Signs MP4, WMV
3-11-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - Personal Impact with Ben Tolly MP4, WMV
3-11-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - One Family’s Story MP4, WMV
3-9-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - Framing the Problem MP4, WMV
3-9-15 Prescription Drug Abuse - Impact on Families MP4, WMV

Most of our educational activities will revolve around high school and middle school students who may find themselves in a compromising position that may lead to experimenting with or using marijuana and/or heroin, alcohol, and misusing prescription drugs. We will continue to reinforce the message through the following:

  • Substance abuse resources for students and parents – resources will assist parents in recognizing the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse and preventative measures parents can take to keep their children safe. Student resources will provide both resources and education on the danger and consequences of drug and alcohol use.
  • Drug Education Video – (for students and parents) – In addition to the videos that will be displayed on this web site and social media, Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons and Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn will contribute to the videos and share information they have encountered as they deal with the victims of drug abuse.
  • The District continues to work with health providers to develop options for students and parents who are in need of counseling and treatment support.

The District, in cooperation with the Edwardsville Police Department, will conduct canine searches of our Edwardsville High School and Lincoln and Liberty Middle Schools to help ensure student safety. Parents and students need to be aware that lockers, book bags, and cars will be checked. The use of canine searches is designed to convey to students that we will not tolerate illicit drugs or other dangerous substances or devices on school property.

Students should beware of sharing lockers, cars, and book bags with friends or acquaintances, and by all means, they should be aware of the contents of their lockers, cars, and book bags.

The District has long-standing partnerships with all area law enforcement agencies, including the Edwardsville Police Department, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, and the Glen Carbon Police Department. Representatives from each agency meet regularly to assess the District’s operation, including emergency plans, security vulnerabilities, and evacuation plans. This partnership, combined with a collaborative effort among students, parents, faculty and administration, will help to continue keeping the school environment safe.

The Board of Education and administration want to recognize the individuals who have volunteered many hours in developing the Project DrugSmart campaign. This project would not have been possible without the contributions of Steve Wigginton, US Attorney; Steve Nonn, Madison County Coroner; Tom Gibbons, Madison County State’s Attorney; Chief Jay Keeven, Edwardsville Police Department; Chief Todd Link, Glen Carbon Police Department; Sheriff John Lakin, Madison County Sheriff’s Department; Sgt. Charlie Kohlberg, Edwardsville Police Department;; Steve Jankowski, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; and Donna Nahlik, Chestnut Health Systems, and Melanie Nagel, ASAP Project Coordinator.

The Board of Education and administration want to pay special recognition to Donna Nahlik, prevention specialist from Chestnut Health Systems, and Melissa Sanders, EHS health education teacher, who serve as sponsors for the Edwardsville High School’s EPIC organization. The EPIC organization, which is comprised of approximately 150 EHS students, promotes a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle for teens.  Members have designed their club’s own campaign, known as Tiger Truths, that is designed to prevent drug and alcohol use among their peers.

It is our hope that you will lend your support to these efforts. If we all work together – students, parents, staff, and community members – we can make a difference in reducing drug and alcohol abuse among teens.


Archive

DrugSmart Video for Students (2011)
The links below are to the Adobe Flash Video format files.
drugSMART/ds parent final.flv

DrugSmart Video for Parents (2011)
drugSMART/ds student final.flv

You can download Adobe Flash from the following link: get.adobe.com/flashplayer

The links below are to the MPG format, and perform best when downloaded to the local computer to view them.
DrugSmart Video for Students- MPG Format

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