Health, safety and first-responder organizations have come together for the 27th year to make young area students aware of the dangers of alcohol and drug use.
Racing Against Drugs brought in about 2,000 Grade 5 children from across Chatham-Kent to the St. Clair College Healthplex in Chatham, program chair Amanda Wyatt said.
“The key message for today is telling the kids about drugs and alcohol, your dos and don’ts, how to take care of yourself, to get home safe and just mainly to be safe,” she said.
The students moved to different “pit stops” hosted by representatives from the organizations involved.
The topics included ways to cope with stress, how it feels to be impaired and how a person’s body responds to drug use.
Jeff Moco, youth engagement co-ordinator for Chatham-Kent public health, offered an activity about the effects of vaping. He covered the topic last year, but this was the first time he made it his focus.
“I think vaping is kind of the introduction to how our young people are becoming addicted to