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Siouxland students learn about dangers of methamphetamine

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Students at Walthill Public School attended an assembly about meth awareness Wednesday. Students at Walthill Public School attended an assembly about meth awareness Wednesday.
WALTHILL, NE (KTIV) - Methamphetamine continues to be a problem not just in Sioux City, but the surrounding area as well.

Meth awareness is a discussion that hits close to home for many students on native reservations.

"Many of these students have already seen this drug work in their families. Some of the students here have used it themselves," said Project F.A.M.E. behavior health specialist Richard Lundy.

That's why Project F.A.M.E. and the Drug Enforcement Administration held a presentation at the Walthill public school. Showing how easy it is to become addicted was a key point of the presentation.

"If you have 10 people that go to a party, and you have an eight ball that comes out with a pipe, and people decide that they could smoke or they could not smoke, that out of those 10 people, statistics show that five of those people will become addicted with the first use," said presenter Gregg Fox.

The addiction rate raises to 75 percent of second-time users. It's an epidemic that is growing fast.

"The damage is immense and deep and so when you see that kind of damage spreading and increasing in a community, you know there's a problem," said Lundy.

And its effects - dilated pupils, facial deterioration, and "meth mouth" - can be devastating.

The assembly was meant to show the basics of meth - most notably, how it can affect someone's life.

Lundy says that's an important part of the process.

"They're in an educational environment here," said Lundy. "They're already learning stuff. Their brains are attuned to getting information. Here's some information that might be vital to your and your family's survival."

Which can keep meth out of schools - and lives.

Lundy says that despite the efforts, meth use on reservations is still trending upward.
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