High School Battling Opioid Crisis


Prescription pills within school walls are causing police to step in and find a solution.

One school district in our region is training its educators to spot these drugs before they become an issue. 

With the opioid crisis sweeping the nation, teenagers are getting their hands on pills easier than ever.

That’s why Huntsville High School is partnering with law enforcement to make sure more eyes are on watch.

“You debate daily like is this the best thing?” Amanda Charles, who’s daughter attends Huntsville High School, said. “Is she going to the best school? Should she be homeschooled?”

“Most of these drugs come straight from the pharmacy,” Huntsville High School Principal Roxanne Enix said. “Straight from their parents and grandparents medicine cabinets.”

Causing some concern to one local Huntsville parent.

“I trust my child but I don’t want her exposed to those things,” Charles said. 

“We have less students so yeah it’s seems like a bigger issue,” Enix said. 

In response, the principal of the high school – Roxanne Enix – is educating her staff to look for red flags. 

“Things like what these drugs look like and what to look for if the student is under the influence of these drugs,” Enix said. 

Police Chief Todd Thomas says by the time he sees a student who has been caught with drugs it’s too late. 

Now he’s hoping teachers will be the first line of defense.  

“These people are on the front lines,” Chief Thomas said. “They are out here with the students 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Those are the people who are going to give us the best information with that training.”

That’s why Enix is making it her mission to keep her students safe.

“We educate these kids in academics but we also educate them for life as far as health and making smart choices,” Enix said. 

The high school also hopes to make its School Resource Officer full time by the beginning of next year. 

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