Houston Bar Association attorneys and Houston area medical professionals are joining forces to educate fifth graders about the consequences of drug and alcohol use through the Interprofessional Drug Education Alliance, or IDEA, Program.

Teams consisting of an attorney and a medical professional will provide information to nearly 1,000 students at 10 different schools in Houston, Alief, Channelview, and Pasadena. Children will learn about the medical dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and how each affects their minds and bodies. The attorneys will discuss what youth face once they enter the criminal justice system.

Some teams will feature an interactive lesson plan, leading students through a discussion on the realities of using drugs and alcohol, complete with visual aids such as jail attire, photographs, and organs damaged by substance use.

The program takes place on October 22 in two morning sessions—one at 9 a.m. and one at 10 a.m. Media is invited to presentations at:

• Pleasantville Elementary—1431 Gellhorn Dr., Houston 77029; 713-671-3840
• MacGregor Elementary—4801 LaBranch St., Houston 77004; 713-942-1990
• Piney Point Elementary—8921 Pagewood Ln., Houston 77063; 713-917-3610
• Jefferson Elementary—5000 Sharman St., Houston 77009; 713-696-2778

For information, contact Tara Shockley at 713-759-1133 in advance, or on the day of the event, the HBA asks that people check in at the front office of the school they are visiting.