State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge was on-hand at Bennett’s Mill Middle School, in Fayetteville, on Tuesday for the Launch of a new teacher-led Meth Prevention Lesson.
Paulding County schools will be among the first targeted for the Georgia Meth Project, but the free classroom resource will be available to teachers statewide.
The standards-based interactive lesson goes far beyond traditional drug education materials, and incorporates the hard-hitting videos and images for which the Georgia Meth Project is well known, along with interactive games, quizzes, videos and other tools on MethProject.org.
Media will have the opportunity to observe Dr. Cathy Folden-Handley, a health teacher at Bennett’s Mill Middle School in Fayetteville, Ga., demonstrate the new lesson to her eighth-grade health class.
Georgia Meth Project Executive Director Jim Langford and Bennett’s Mill Middle School Health Teacher Dr. Cathy Folden-Handley were also on-hand to launch the program for the school's eighth-grade students.
Methamphetamine abuse imposes a significant social and economic burden on Georgia. Experts estimate that meth use costs the state of Georgia an estimated $1.3 billion each year.
About the Georgia Meth Project
The Georgia Meth Project is a non-profit organization that implements large-scale, research-based campaigns and community action programs to reduce methamphetamine use in the state. Central to its integrated campaigns is MethProject.org—a definitive source for information about meth for teens. The Georgia Meth Project is affiliated with The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a national non-profit organization working to help families solve the problem of teen substance abuse. For more information, visit Georgia.MethProject.org.