Monday, June 25, 2018
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Kids shown dangers of drugs, and more at Monsanto

Learning Center hosts first Progressive Ag Safety Day

Steve Garcia knows first hand the danger of drugs.

Garcia’s sister died because of her addiction to drugs.

“It happens in all families,” the Midwest Nebraska Drug Court coordinator told 150 sixth graders who attended the first Progressive Agriculture Safety Day at the Monsanto Water Utilization Learning Center Friday.

Students from Gothenburg, Brady and Cozad visited multiple stations, manned by people with different safety messages, throughout the morning.

They also visited America’s Farmers Mobile Experience lab, which was parked next to the learning center.

Through photographs, stories and explanations of what happens to those arrested on drug charges, Garcia painted a frightening picture of what happens to people addicted to drugs.

Students were asked to match before pictures of meth users to photographs taken after several years of use.

Rotten teeth, scabs and badly wrinkled faces were some of the results of the users.

“Gross,” several students exclaimed after viewing the pictures.

“Meth attacks a part of the brain that controls appearance,” Garcia said. “They don’t know what’s happening and they smell like crap.”

People who use meth, and other drugs, will get caught, he said, noting that they then have to take urine tests in front of law enforcement officers.

Other safety stations dealt with tractor and lawn equipment, electrical, water and sun, disability awareness, food and a visit by the Dawson County K-9 unit.

Monsanto customer experience coordinator Khris Jinks said they hope to offer the safety day annually.

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