Hamilton County Schools ramping up drug prevention education following recent scares

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Hamilton County Schools leaders are ramping up drug prevention education across the county's schools this fall in response to new trends in teen drug use and two recent incidents that have occurred at Brainerd and Central high schools.

In partnership with the Hamilton County Health Department and the Hamilton County Coalition, the school district is working with health and community leaders to create a curriculum and increase drug prevention education for all high school students in the district.

Neither the district nor the health department were specific about the goals or intended message of the curriculum, but Tim Hensley, spokesman for the district, said the lessons would be presented as in-class workshops and promote "healthy choices' and address the risks of drugs, tobacco and e-cigarettes.