by Kailin Smallwood
On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office held a drug awareness event for students and faculty at UWG’s Campus Center Ballroom. This was the first time the sheriff’s office has held this event to create awareness of drug abuse in Carrollton. Officer Jay Shepard was the moderator for the event, which included various displays of how drugs are used.
“Carroll County is a huge drug distributor,” says Officer Shepard. “The main drug uses on campus are marijuana, pills and methamphetamines. It is so easy for students to get ahold of these drugs.”
Officer Shepard shared negative side effects of what these drugs do to its user. These included feeling at ease, dazed, totally disconnected with their brain, or out of control. “Over the past 3 years it has become very acceptable for students to have drugs with them. No one really cares about the punishment they will soon face,” adds Officer Shepard.
Students were also given pamphlets and brochures on drug prevention and awareness. The sheriff’s office wants the community to get involved as much as possible by reporting any illegal drug activities.
For more information on drug awareness, contact Officer Shepard at (770) 834-4451.