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Eighth-graders learn to beware

By Staff | May 2, 2008

At a field trip Thursday at Wolden Park., Emmet County Chief Deputy Mike Martens, top, discussed the hazards of drugs at Thursday’s field trip at Wolden Park. From left are Justin Kruger, Sidney Cabrales, Cole Mace, Emily Christensen, Dawn Skrepak, Tiffany Myers, and Alec Olberding.

WALLINGFORD — Estherville Lincoln Central eighth-graders learned that the dangers of drugs can be anywhere — even as close as the nearest trash can — in a field trip Thursday at Wolden Park.

Emmet County Chief Deputy Mike Martens talked frankly about methamphetamine and the dangers it poses in his session, one of several held at Wolden. What is particularly frightening about meth is that it uses everyday chemicals — even some that are commonly found in the home or in a person’s garage, he said.

While meth poses its own risks, the byproducts are harmful as well. That can be particularly terrifying when one considers where meth is made. Hotel rooms have even been known to be used for cooking meth. “It affects others than the people that are manufacturing it,” Martens said.

Deputy Martens showed examples of meth, one a 3.5-gram bag that would bring $300 and another 1-gram bag that could cost $80-$100. Meth can be taken orally, smoked, or injected. In addition to meth itself, dirty needles can cause HIV and hepatitis. “We do have people in our communities that use drugs intravenously,” Martens said.

Deputy Martens said he sees most local meth use as smoking. The user might use a homemade pipe or even put meth inside the globe portion of a light bulb which further concentrates it.

Martens told students he hoped they would stay away from meth for good.

“This will lead nowhere good,” Martens said. “Don’t be afraid to just leave if you see these things.”

Other sessions included reptiles, severe weather, outdoor recreation, and animals and games.