Tahoe-Truckee looking to educate students on drug use

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Updated: 4/09 9:24 pm
TRUCKEE, Calif. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The small town of Truckee is dealing with a different issue in its schools. There's an ongoing effort to deter high school students from using drugs and alcohol.

Law enforcement plans to turn things up a notch. For the first time, they intend to use a drug-sniffing dog in the Tahoe-Truckee Unified High Schools.

Trax had the day off on Wednesday, but he better rest up. Truckee Police Chief Adam McGill said soon he is putting Trax to work. "At some point, we will visit the school in a search role and search the common areas. We won't be searching any students."

Trax will sniff lockers and check out the parking lot. "Likely the students may or may not even know Trax is on the campus," explained McGill. "There shouldn't be any disruption to the education process."

The biggest problems are alcohol, pot and prescription drug use by students. "From our perspective, the numbers are alarming and we certainly have the Healthy Kids Survey that the schools administer.

That 2012 survey shows the district exceeds state averages relating to drug and alcohol abuse of its high school students. So, there has been a community-wide effort to change this.

Truckee High is one of three high schools in this district involved in this effort. "We're not necessarily interested in catching kids," said School Superintendent Robert Leri. "We're really hoping to provide kids with information and resources to make healthy choices."

Leri said April is drug and alcohol awareness month. But he and McGill said their efforts will be ongoing. "This isn't a click it or ticket month, or distracted driving month, or where everybody is full speed ahead for 30 days and we all stop with the efforts," said McGill.

There are a number of events and activities planned in Truckee during April. They are encouraging parents and others to get involved. For a list of those activities, visit this website.
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