Trojans Don’t Mess With Meth
Mililani High students announced April 29 that “Trojans Don’t Meth Around.”
Hawaii Meth Project partnered with the Associated Students of Mililani High School and health education students to “raise awareness about the dangers of meth and to empower students to become advocates of the Meth Project’s “Not Even Once” message.
“They did a lot of the work,” said Meth Project program manager Colby Takeda. “I showed them more events that we did at other schools, and they based the rally on what they thought would work at their school.”
Takeda also stated that the work began long before the rally.
Students put facts into the morning announcements and onto posters around campus. They built on the anti-meth campaign by forging their own message, “Trojans Don’t Meth Around.”
“Students can take a stand to live drug free,” Takeda explained.
Research tables were available during the rally so students could learn more about Hawaii Meth Project programs.
“They could see the toxins they put into their bodies if they take meth,” Takeda noted. “We connected them to our website (methproject.org) because a lot of what we do in our programming is centered around it.
“The students got all the facts and information about meth on the website, and we hope that connecting students will allow them to follow up with information.”
During the rally, Blank Canvas promoted the drug-free message through dance, entertainment also came from the Power 104.3 radio crew and the Hawaii Army National Guard also attended.
Students took a stand to live drug free by signing a Trojans Don’t Meth Around pledge, and health classes created signs describing the downfalls of meth use.
“We know that 90 percent of addictions start during the teenage years, and because of that it’s a critical time,” Takeda said.
“We inform the students about the dangers of meth use. We help them to understand what meth can do – not only to yourself but also your family and your friends.
“It’s important we get to the students where they are, and not just in the classroom settings.”