Schools address drug education as year begins

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) -- Drug use and abuse in north central Wisconsin dose not only affect adults. As kids head back to school, those adult issues can come with students.

Principal Dan Dobratz and his school liaison officer at P.J. Jacobs Junior High in Stevens Point say they actively educate students about drug dangers and do check throughout the school year.

Dobratz told NewsChannel 7 prescription drug abuse has been the biggest drug issue he has seen recently, reflecting the opioid crisis in America.

"No school is immune to the ills of society," he said. "Things that happen out there do come into the schools and we need to be prepared."

He added they are having conversations about getting Narcan, the antidote to opioid overdoses, in their school nurse's office. But he urges out of their more than 700 students, the percentage of those that get involved with drugs in general is small.