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Seminar teaches educators warning signs of drug abuse

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Jermaine Galloway teaches educators how to spot the ever-changing warning signs of drug abuse Jermaine Galloway teaches educators how to spot the ever-changing warning signs of drug abuse

Former Idaho policeman Jermaine Galloway says today's parents, teachers and police have a lot to keep up with to protect children from the world of drugs, and to help them out if they sink into it.

"There's a lot of movement in the drug world: what kids are using, what they're abusing, and how they are hiding it. There's been a lot of changes," Galloway said.

Galloway spoke to Madison County teachers and administrators at the invitation of Sheriff Blake Dorning, because school leaders say today's drug culture is one of cues, signs, words and gestures they need help spotting and preparing for.

"A year from now, there's going to be a whole new step of where we're at and what's new, what's the latest craze," said Kenneth Kubik of Madison County Schools. "We are constantly behind the eight-ball."

Galloway warned that headline-grabbing events such as the marijuana legalization debate distract from the ongoing dangers of other drugs and the messages today's kids get about pot.

"What they're seeing in popular culture [says] that it's okay, it's not a big deal. They're not harmful, there's no levels of addiction, there's low danger, which is simply not true," he said.

Even something like the recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Galloway suspects, won't get people's attention the way educators' steadfast commitment can.

"A lot of times, people see something on TV and they say ‘Well, that's not us, that's not my family…' until it hits your family," Galloway said.

For more information on Jermaine Galloway, his mission and his message, visit his website, Tall Cop Says Stop.

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