Havre police Lt. Russ Ostwalt will bring drugs to school tonight - to teach parents, students and community members how to identify different types of drugs.
Ostwalt's presentation will be part of a drug and alcohol workshop at 7 p.m. in the Havre High School library. Tonight's program is the third in a three-part suicide prevention series the school counseling program is sponsoring this month.
"Some parents have no idea what a drug pipe looks like," Ostwalt said, adding that he will be bringing samples of drug paraphernalia and drugs so that parents know what to look out for in their own house or in the community at large.
Two weeks ago, the counseling program presented an educational series on three aspects of suicide prevention, referred to as QPR - question, persuade and refer. Last week, a workshop addressed depression among children. Today, the program will educate people about different drugs as well as address addiction in society.
School counselor Naomi Bowers will speak about dependence and addiction, discussing "how we adapt to the dependency cycle." Her presentation will discuss the way that families and communities adapt to the presence of addiction.
Ostwalt and Bowers are members of the Havre Suicide Awareness Council, a partner in presenting the series.