GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — Geneva Police Chief Pepper Mock hopes to work with the Geneva City School District on several anti-drug programs that have proven successful in other parts of the state.

The chief says it’s a lot more successful when you can be proactive before a young person experiments with narcotics.

One program has convicted drug users talk about how they negatively affected their lives and the lives of their families.

“We also have a mentor group of former addicts that do speaking engagements for school groups, youth groups, junior police academies and speak to them on making good decisions and staying on the right path,” says Chief Mock.

Chief Mock says keeping young people engaged and interested goes a long way in keeping them from experimenting with drugs.