Hawkins Co. drug program targets fifth-graders

Hawkins Co. drug program targets fifth-graders

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ROGERSVILLE (AP) - A Hawkins County program aimed at fifth-graders seeks to deter them from drugs, as well as help them deal with a family member's addiction.

The Kingsport Times News reports the Drug Resistance Education and Anger Management program was launched about three years ago by Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson.

School resource officers teach the class one day a week for 10 weeks to every fifth-grader in the county school system.

At the end of the course, students are asked to write an essay on what the program has meant to them.

Officials say the program targets fifth-graders because they usually have yet to make decisions that are going to affect the rest of their lives, like whether or not to try drugs.

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