School Bus Fleet

August 2014

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44 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 Identifying drug abuse among students Really listen to what your students are saying on your bus. Doing so might prevent an active shooter, a case of bullying, drug addiction or even your own death. medication • Skunk — Marijuana • Drunk Pills — Valium • Go Fast — Methamphetamine • Forget Me Pill — Rohypnol (Roofe) • Special K — Ketamine • Gym Candy — Anabolic steroids This short list is not all-encompassing. There are simply too many terms to list in a magazine article. I encourage all drivers to search out more information about drug terms. In- formation is available from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Justice. You could also contact your local police department or pharmacy. Several books have been written about drug abuse and are available from any bookstore or online. Drug deals, reporting found drugs Another important fact to keep in mind is that many drug dealers will mar- ket their drugs specifcally to children. This may include such tactics as coloring and favoring the drugs (as in the case of strawberry-favored meth) or pricing drugs to match the cost of a school lunch. Fights over lunch money might actual- ly be fghts over drug money. Likewise, many dealers will approach children at school bus stops due to the set schedule and a lack of adult supervision. If you find something on your bus that you believe might be drugs or drug paraphernalia, do not touch it with bare hands. Some drugs can be easily ab- sorbed through skin, so avoid direct contact. You should notify your super- visor, the school district and local law enforcement. If you are not sure what you are look- ing at, you could call the national poison control hotline at (800) 222-1222. If you describe what you see, they will be O ne of the greatest multitaskers in today's society is the school bus driver. Having to safely operate your vehicle while watching for the inat- tentive actions of others is something all drivers do regardless of the vehicle they are driving. However, school bus drivers must also monitor and manage the actions and behav- iors of dozens of children who are at their backs. Any solo parent who has tried to take a road trip with multiple children only knows a fraction of what this can be like. This multitasking includes more than just vehicle operation and behavior man- agement. Have you really listened to the conversations of the students you are transporting? Have they talked about committing crimes or becoming an active shooter? Have you overheard them talk- ing about how the upcoming weekend is going to be great with "Molly"? Drivers should be listening to what the children are talking about. Often, students will talk about the pre- vious weekend on Monday and the up- coming weekend on Friday, so these two days are the days you are most likely to hear the children discussing drugs. Common drug-related terms Most people know what "upper," "downer," "hit," "stoned" and other common terms mean. However, do you know some of the newer slang terms for common drugs? There are many resourc- es available that can help you understand what your students are talking about. Here are a few drug-related terms: • Molly — Ecstasy • Horse — Heroin • Bean — Drug tablet or capsule • Drank (or Purple Drank) — Cough syrup mixture • Cheese — Type of heroin • Kiddie Dope — Prescription By Bret E. Brooks industry forum

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