TULSA, Oklahoma -- EMSA paramedics are going into the schools to prevent students from becoming future patients.
They're partnering with Operation Aware to raise awareness about the effects of drug and alcohol abuse. They talked to students at Kipp Academy Monday about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and scenarios EMSA paramedics often encounter.
"To keep kids off of drugs, to educate kids to not even try it once," said Chris Stevens, Public Information Officer for EMSA. "Cigarettes, alcohol, all of those things seem like a harmless vice at a young age to try but the reality of it is they can lead to harder, harsher things and we try to educate kids that that's not a good idea to try, even once."
It's a message that's getting through to some students.
"It makes you like, don't want to even think about taking a chance of doing drugs or anything like that," said William McKenney, a student, said.
EMSA will take the same message to Wilson and Hamilton Middle Schools later this week.