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Smart Talk: Drugs and Young People kick-off

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 9, 2014 3:36 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, November 10, 2014:

Monday's Smart Talk marks the launch of WITF's Real Life Real Issues: Drugs and Young People project.

Over the next few months, we'll examine issues that you may or may not be aware of, but topics that are too important to set aside and deal with later.  What you learn may surprise you and we certainly want it to be part of a larger community discussion.

The project may say young people in the title but it's also about adults -- parents and educators included.

Some may be thinking drugs and alcohol abuse have always been with us and that's true, but today's substance use is different than just a few years ago.

Small bags of heroin that can be purchased for less than a six-pack of beer, kids raiding the medicine cabinets in their homes to get high from drugs that were prescribed for an illness, and youngsters who drink alcohol or smoke marijuana before they're out of middle school.

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Those are just a few examples of what we'll focus on.

On Monday's program, we'll provide an overview of the project and several of the important issues.

Appearing Monday's program are Judy Baumgardner, principal at Cumberland Valley High School; Brian Griffith, Director of Curriculum Services, Capital Area Intermediate Unit; Ben Allen WITF reporter who is leading the project; Gary Tennis, Secretary Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Commission; and Jennie Gates, Student Assistance Program Supervisor, Cumberland-Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission. 

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Ben Allen WITF reporter who is leading the project; Brian Griffith, Director of Curriculum Services, Capital Area Intermediate Unit; Judy Baumgardner, principal at Cumberland Valley High School.

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Jennie Gates, Student Assistance Program Supervisor, Cumberland-Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission; Gary Tennis, Secretary Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Commission; Judy Baumgardner, principal at Cumberland Valley High School;

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-11-10 09:55

    Angelina comments from the WITF Facebook page:

    It is so important to educate through the public school system just how dangerous drugs are to our young people. Education and prevention is key! Sometimes educators really are the some of the most influential people in young lives

  • drug addict img 2014-11-10 10:12

    Nothing has changed. Someone on the panel said 'hash oil is easy to make'. Not true.
    And I only heard cigarettes mentioned once.
    Pot as a 'gateway drug'; it was said that pot was used initially, before going to prescription or heroin.
    Tobacco is THE gateway drug!
    And it was not discussed.
    If you want to lump pot in with heroin, why not put one of the most addictive drugs into the mix, with it's importance accentuated. NICOTINE