New campaign educates parents, students leading up to prom season

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - The Wichita Mountain Prevention Network office in Ardmore works with several Texoma counties to prevent prescription drug and alcohol abuse.

That is why Chelsey Stevenson said the organization, part of the Carter County Substance Abuse Prevention Committee, is partnering with Ardmore police and local high schools in Operation Prom.

"We wanted to engage schools as best we could," Stevenson said.

Operation Prom is a new, multi-stage campaign aimed to prevent substance abuse during prom season.

Ardmore, Wilson, Dickson and Plainview high schools are participating in the campaign, but any high school is welcomed to take part.

The free services for participating schools include chaperone training by Oklahoma Highway Safety Office to detect when students are under the influence, an art contest for students to reach peers about celebrating drug free and student read PSA's played at the high schools and on local radio stations.

"We know that students are most likely to be offered substances around the prom season," Stevenson said. "It's a party, so they think that if they're offered that and have the choice of accepting it, it'll make their night better. You have the option of making a healthier and safer choice by saying no and, then, you don't need substances to have fun."

Ardmore police will also conduct alcohol compliance checks during April to ensure businesses are following the law and not selling to minors.

The deadline to submit pieces for the art contest is April 1.

Correction: The chaperone training will be conducted by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, not Ardmore Police Department.