Moss Point's police chief said illegal drugs and alcohol abuse are major problems in the city and it's influencing the younger generation. Tuesday, he teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to reinforce the dangers of getting high and underage drinking. It's part of a Red Ribbon Campaign to keep kids drug free.
"If you haven't been approached already, in a couple years, your friends are going to go, 'It is just a beer,'" Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis warned the 8th graders at Magnolia Junior High. "The chemicals in that beer has ingredients in it that your body has not developed enough yet to be able to process those chemicals."
Chief Davis and DEA's Daniel Comeaux told the class not to let their peers push them to make wrong choices.
"Because if you do something wrong, just like the story goes, it will impact you throughout your whole life," Comeaux.
Both the chief and Comeaux have been traveling from school to school encouraging kids as part of Red Ribbon Week.
"Anytime any youth get a hold of any drugs or alcohol, it is always a potential for a disaster to happen," said Comeaux.
"If we can reach them here, we don't have to deal with them when they are here," Davis said.
Several students were inspired by the lessons learned.
"I want to be a very successful person in my lifetime, and I want to make a difference," one student said.
"Peer pressure, alcohol, and drugs are just not the right way to go," another student said.
Comeaux and Chief Davis said they will continue to build awareness beyond Red Ribbon Week to make sure more kids understand the importance of staying off drugs and in school.
"This is a message we need to get to our kids in Moss Point, Jackson County, and the State of Mississippi."
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