New initiative underway to fight student drug use in Marshall County

New initiative underway to fight student drug use in Marshall County

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Officials are reaching out to schools in Marshall County to deal with a drug problem among young people. This initiative began after a Guntersville High School football player overdosed over the summer.

A crowd turned out Monday night at Guntersville High School for the beginning of LifeWatch United, a mission to curb drug use by high school students. Drug agents, police and others were on hand for the meeting.

The organization plans to go to other schools across Marshall County. Drug agents say the use of dangerous drugs like heroin and heroin laced with other drugs are on the rise and causing some overdose deaths.

LifeWatch United organizer Jon Henderson says relying on cops to bust drug dealers alone isn't working.

"We can't take every drug dealer off the street. But let's take our kids off the street. Let's take our kids off the street and take our kids out of their hands. And so we believe that working through the schools and the parents that's our best shot," Henderson said.

Henderson said they are next headed to Albertville High School sometime in mid-October.

For more information you can go to their website or Facebook page.

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