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Updated: 2/13 7:37 pm
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Whitney Cox with Community Counseling Services puts up a poster in a hallway of Heritage Academy.

It's the first of several new posters that over the next few months will appear in this school and ones throughout Columbus and Lowndes County discouraging alcohol or drug use.

Cox said, "We want students to understand you don't have to be an addict or alcoholic to experience negative consequences from drugs and alcohol. Even just one time can hurt or affect you."

The theme of this campaign is "I Only Tried It Once."

Community Counseling, the Lowndes County Prevention Partnership, and Mississippi Department of Mental Health sponsor the poster program.

Senior Austin Fitch said, "I've seen how it can destroy someone's life. I think if I had a friend who was doing harmful drugs it would be easy to step in and tell them they'll ruin their life."

Junior Emily Markham said, "Sometimes it only takes one time and that can be your last time to do it. It's best not to."

The posters are in all Lowndes County schools along with popular places where young people hang out.

They're found in places like Boys and Girls Clubs or the skating rink.

Organizers say they want to remind young people about the possible consequences of bad choices.

Headmaster Greg Carlyle said, "We have a responsibility to give our students not only a solid academic foundation but a strong social foundation and awareness."

Along with special prevention classes this school says it's also involved with several driver safety programs sponsored by national corporations.

It's all to help keep students on the right track.

If you're in Lowndes County and would like the posters to hang in a place where young people often gather, call Community Counseling Services in Columbus.

They'll provide them for you.
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