DOBSON — The Schools Heath Advisory Council (SHAC) for Surry County Schools met recently to discuss ways to promote health and wellness in its schools.
The council has teamed up with the Surry County Health and Nutrition Center in an effort to stop prescription drug abuse or misuse.
The county center’s Project Lazarus coordinator, Karen Eberdt, spoke with the school health council.
Sonia Dickerson, director of communication for Surry County Schools, formed a student Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness team four years ago.
Participating students did a variety of projects in the schools to make the community aware of prescription drug abuse, Dickerson said. Those students attended Project Lazarus meetings and school board meetings to explain the different things they had done.
“One year we wrote a play, and the students presented it at all four high schools,” said Dickerson.
Last year the team also worked to help design and make the medicine boxes and presented those to kindergarten classes this year.
“I decided to join the Project Lazarus with SHAC because really all of that falls under health benefits and health awareness for our students,” Dickerson said.
The advisory council board consists of 38 people with Dickerson as the chair. Classroom teachers, physical education teachers, school board vice chairman, school nurses, a school counselor, child nutrition director and a representative from the extension office all serve on the board.
Eberdt quoted some county statistics from John Shelton, director of Surry County Emergency Services, on the number of deaths in Surry County this year: 22 confirmed deaths, six that were undetermined but likely from drug abuse, and one person on life support.
T-Shirts, pamphlets, temporary tattoos, stickers and presentations are being provided to Surry County schools, by the Surry County Health and Nutrition Center.
Eberdt and Dickerson both hope that with the opportunities provided by Project Lazarus to inform children about prescription drug abuse and misuse can be lowered and eventually eliminated in Surry County.
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