Teaching Children Dangers of Drugs

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld suggested a great idea earlier this month. It is so good and so important that one wonders why on earth it has not been implemented yet.

Ihlenfeld, who serves the Northern District of West Virginia, has been a leader in the fight against substance abuse. He has announced he will be leaving the law enforcement job, returning to the private sector.

He is rendering one final service, however, in serving as co-chairman of a committee for Gov.-elect Jim Justice. The panel’s task is to provide a transition between current state efforts to battle drug abuse and a program Justice can implement.

Education of young people is a critical part of curbing drug abuse, as Ihlenfeld told Ohio County Board of Education members. He added the committee on which he serves is likely to recommend schools take a leadership role in that regard.

Ohio County school officials may want to develop a countywide strategy to educate students on illegal drugs and misuse of legal ones, Ihlenfeld said. Our county could “be a leader among all 55 counties,” he added.

Yes, it could. But Ihlenfeld’s comments raise the question of why a coordinated anti-drug abuse strategy for public schools has not been developed and implemented already.

If state public education officials are not already well along on such a project, they should start on it immediately.

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