Carroll County Public Schools and the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office have joined forces to fight drug abuse by creating programs designed to stop drug addiction before it begins. A parent night program entitled T.I.P.S. – Threats in Plain Sight will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Century High School. This program is designed to educate parents on the sometimes subtle signs of drug use that may be evident if they were aware of what to look for in their child’s room.

T.I.P.S is a drug awareness program designed specifically for parents or legal guardians of teenagers.  A mock drug bedroom will reflect the hidden dangers of drug abuse and signs that are out in plain sight. Parents will tour the bedroom looking for signs of drug use, followed by a video displaying all the different signs throughout the room.  The evening also will feature Keith Mills from WBAL, the Special O.P.T.S. school video with Beth Schmidt, and a question and answer session.

The Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office currently is presenting Special O.P.T.S – Opioid Prevention & Teen Support programs to all 11th and 12th grade students in Carroll County schools. The program focuses on the dangers of opiate and heroin abuse, as well as the dangers of alcohol use by students. During the program, the improvisational theatre group Foolproof performs an opening skit portraying a day in the life of a drug addict. Students then view a video about a local family who lost their son and brother to an overdose.

O.P.TS. presentations took place at three high schools, the Career and Technology Center, and Gateway School in October. Upcoming presentations will be held on November 7 at Manchester Valley, November 9 at Liberty, November 21 at Century, and November 28 at Winters Mill at 9:00 a.m.

The State’s Attorney’s Office also will be presenting a program entitled “Don’t Believe the Lie” at middle schools. This program not only teaches children to say no to drugs and alcohol but, more importantly, shows them how to say no in a way that combats peer pressure. Presentations will be held at 9:00 a.m. on February 6 at Oklahoma Road, February 8 at Northwest, February 13 at East, February 15 at Mt. Airy, February 20 at Crossroads, February 22 at Sykesville, February 27 at North Carroll, March 1 at Shiloh, and March 6 at West Middle.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons with regard to its employment practices and in the provision of services, programs, and activities. The CCPS does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. The CCPS provides non-discriminatory access to school facilities in accordance with its policies and regulations regarding the community use of schools (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts). The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Gregory J. Bricca, Director of Research and Accountability, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3068.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Office of Community and Media Relations at 410-751-3020 or, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities or the Supervisor of Community and Media Relations: Raymond Prokop, Director of Facilities Management, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3177, or Carey Gaddis, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.



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