In Cincinnati, one of that coalition’s strategies is to train parents and teachers about how to talk to kids about drugs. “We’re in the process of revamping” the one-hour presentation, Schiesler said. According to Dimick, “We’d definitely be interested in following up on that.” CDFGC also has a coach’s guide about the effects of drugs and how to talk to athletes about them.
Fledderman said leaders at Cierra’s Club, Choices and Southeastern Indiana YMCA should coordinate the safe, drug-free activities they plan.
Holt suggested planning monthly meetings for the public with specific topics, such as excise police work or treatment centers recommended by probation officers.
When asked about upcoming activities to prevent substance abuse, Linkel reported the “Bounce” sixth-grade reading curriculum will be started at Batesville Middle School and “Bounce” books will be purchased for the St. Louis School library. Varga wrote a book called “Bounce” with the theme “Down is inevitable, up is a choice.”
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