Talked to your kids about pot? Postcards can help

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Parents of children in the Covington County school system should have noticed postcards coming from the local children’s policy council dealing with drug use in teens.

Jessie Stephens of the Covington County Children’s Policy Council Coalition said Tuesday that as part of the Drug Free Communities grand the agency received, it would send these postcards to bring awareness dealing with drugs.

Stephens said that 8,364 postcards will be sent out. There are six total that will go to all homes of students in grades 6-12.

Last year, the CCPCCC sent these postcards to homes of Andalusia City and Opp City school systems.

The initial reason to send the post cards was because a visit to the local high school merited a discovery that a student said her mother would rather her smoke weed than take prescription pills.

The CCPCCC wanted to combat that idea in local homes.

Stephens said the cards are slick and colorful and contain messages such as how marijuana affects brain development and driving and psychosis, just to name a few.

This year, the Peer Helpers from the county schools helped put labels on all the post cards.

“We hope this helps get the word out to parents that they are coming,” she said. “We also hope to get some feedback.”

Stephens said they will send surveys out for the feedback.