On July 21, 2006, bus drivers in the Perry County school system were given the opportunity to learn how to identify remnants of meth labs and what to do if they come across one. In an hour long portion of their regular training, drivers who regularly travel in the rural areas of the county, were introduced to the dangers of meth amphetamine abuse and the warning signs that may help one identify meth users.
Operation UNITE detective Craig Burch gave a presentation that advised those in attendance to do their part in combatting the rise and operation of meth labs. Burch stated that law enforcement could not solely eliminate the meth problem, but with the help of concerned and aware citizens, efforts would be much more effective.
The highlight of the presentation was an eye opening video that led one into the mind of a meth user in order to help those in attendance understand why the drug is so dangerous and addictive. The video, entitled “Meth is Death”, featured inmates, recovering meth users, and addicts who all shared different aspects of what the drug does to one's body, mind, and ultimately one's entire life. It also provided statistics and helpful educational methods to help understand how the drug can be defeated.
UNITE helps the community by not only removing drug dealers and users from the streets, but also through education and rehabilitation. According to Johnny Wooten, transportation director with the Perry County school system, the purpose of the UNITE portion of the training was to train drivers so that they know what to do if they if they come across any discarded materials used in meth labs and also to help protect children and their communities.