Hutchinson County youth leaders address synthetic drug use among teens

Thursday evening members of the Hutchinson County Youth Board hosted a town hall meeting regarding the use of K2 and other synthetic drugs among teens.

"Even though these drugs have been outlawed, there are still many teens that are trying them, or being pressured to try them," said Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Megan Parr.

For that reason, youth leaders in the county are speaking out. Thursday evening their target was be jr. high and high school students in Hutchinson County and surrounding areas.

"Tonight we're hosting a K-2 'Teen-2-Teen discussion just to get kids aware of what's going on with the drug K-2," said 4-H County Council President Chelby Burleson. "What it does to your body, how it affects you later on and even right after you use it."

In order to create a safe- zone where the youth could ask any question, and share any experience parents, the media, and all technology were not allowed during Thursday's program.

The town hall meeting was youth helping youth.

"I think being a teenager, and telling a teenager is easier than just an adult telling a teenager," said Shooting Sports President Efren. "So they don't think it's just another lecture or anything like that."

Members of the 4-H County Council and student councils of the surrounding areas all joined forces to positively influence jr. high and high school students.

"I think it'll be really good for us to set an example for the younger kids of our community," said Program Attendee Chloe Burleson. "And to help them out with making good decisions."