Sadly, opiate/heroin has touched and even shattered an increasing number of lives in our community. Thus addressing and educating our students with respect to the burgeoning opiate/heroin crisis has become both necessary and urgent: Our Health Education Program has always had a thorough substance use/misuse and abuse curriculum, including team teaching with our dedicated Goffstown Police Officers. Currently, Drug Recognition Expert, Officer Geoff Pinard; Goffstown’s Student Resource Officer, Officer Jim Mitchell; and Lt. Keith Chauvette have all been participating in our Health Education program.
In 2016, the problems have reached such proportions that bringing in leaders and experts who are on the front lines of dealing with the epidemic provides our students the information they (and their friends and families) need while driving home the extreme dangers of becoming involved with opiates/heroin (and other drugs). The presentation for the entire sophomore class on March 17, 2016, was designed to meet this urgent need. The team giving the presentation included:
(Keynote) The City of Manchester EMS Training Officer - Chris Hickey (as seen on ABC’s 20/20 on Friday, March 11, 2016); Catholic Medical Center Emergency Room nurse, Kevin Drew, RN, BSN, NRP; GPD Officer Geoff Pinard, Drug Recognition Expert; GPD Officer Jim Mitchell, our GHS School Resource Officer; and Kevin Georgeganitis who spoke about drug rehabilitation. In addition: Our School Psychologist, Lisa Horne; Members of our GHS Guidance Department; and our GHS School Nurse, Kathi Kendall RN, BSN were available. Teachers and administrators were also present.