Mineral Wells Elementary gets a visit from multiple first responders

Mineral Wells, W.VA. Officials at Mineral Wells Elementary School say its Drug Awareness Program has significantly grown in its 9 years at the school.

The program features 8 classes taught by various agencies.

Some in attendance were the Wood County Sheriff's Office, West Virginia State Police, and the Parkersburg Police Department.

Staff at Mineral Wells Elementary says the goal is to teach students about the harmful effects of drugs.

William Marshall, with the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, says “Why not start here. Why not start at the very youngest group, and work our way up through. I don't think you can go back far enough, to start educating now. Unfortunately, when we we’re younger, we didn't have those issues we were facing now. With are era of social media, and so forth, we have to make them very well aware of what's out there. I don't think you can start too young, because once you identify it, it might be too late."