Victory Addiction Recovery Center Educates Local School District on Synthetic Marijuana Addiction and Treatment

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Local Treatment Center Brings Awareness and Education to the Community

Victory Addiction Recovery Center (Victory) provided education and awareness on the dangers of synthetic marijuana for faculty and staff of St. Martin Parish Schools. Safe and Drug Free Education coordinator for the district, Khristy Hulin, approached Victory to provide the training for mental health professionals, school nurses, and administrative personnel. Hulin said the training was needed because of recent situations occurring with students in which the drug was involved.

Derek Spellman MSN, RN, LAC, Director of Intake and Utilization Review, presented to the audience which included Superintendent Lottie Beebe. Spellman focused on three main topics; the disease model of addiction, statistics of synthetic marijuana in the state of Louisiana and nationwide, along with evidence based treatment models for the drug. Spellman also shared anecdotal evidence when explaining to district staff the side effects and symptoms when using.

“This type of training is vital to our local school systems. Often educators, social workers, nurses, and support staff of our schools are the first responders to students who will encounter drugs of this nature,” says Spellman. Spellman informed them what packaging looks like, and how it can end up in the hands of students in St. Martin Parish. "These are examples of typical packaging of synthetic marijuana. Spellman says, “Simply looking at the packaging it is obvious who the makers of these drugs are targeting. Bright colors usually involving cartoon characters or slang speak straight to our youth. Packaging identifies it as potpourri, and will say ‘not for human consumption’. Ingredients will also not be provided. All are red flags if found in possession of students.”

Victory Addiction Recovery Center can provide detox, inpatient, and outpatient for Synthetic Marijuana use. For more information on our services you can go to our website or call us at 337-456-9111.

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