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Drug Action Week

The dangers of drugs and alcohol were exposed to students at West Wyalong High School and Ungarie Central School recently during Drug Action Week.

Bland Shire Council partnered with counsellors and staff from the Murrumbidgee Health District’s Temora mental health drug and alcohol team to provide a barbecue lunch for every student of both schools.

A range of information regarding drugs and alcohol was displayed and made available to the students as well as a host of giveaways.

Students were given an opportunity to try the Fatal Vision goggles, which uses special lens technology allowing the wearer to experience a realistic simulation of impairment in the 0.07 to 0.10 blood alcohol range.Long lines formed at both schools as students watched with amusement and amazement as classmates and teachers struggled to catch a tennis ball or walk in a straight line while wearing the goggles.

“It was a powerful message about the effects of alcohol and drugs,” Council’s Community Relations Officer, Craig Sutton said.

“It was an interactive, fun and educational experience for the students which hopefully will stay with them in years to come.”

Youth health promotion officer employed by the Temora mental health drug and alcohol in partnership with Barrick Gold, Vanessa Fixter, thanked West Wyalong High School and Ungarie Central School for their support of the event.

“The support of both schools was fantastic,” Mrs Fixter said.

“Not only did they allow us into their schools to spread this important message but both schools provided helpers to prepare and serve food on both days. The manners and way in which the students conducted themselves is a credit to both West Wyalong and Ungarie.”