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Racing Against Drugs in Oxford County

Oxford Auditorium has been a hot spot for field trips this week for Race Against Drugs.

WOODSTOCK - Race Against Drugs is wrapping up at Oxford Auditorium.

It's an event that takes place every other year, to help educate Grade 4 and 5 students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Nikki VanLeeuwen is the Media Relations and Community Service Officer with Woodstock Police. She says it's a team effort.

"We have 12 community partners including Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre, to CN Rail, our canine unit, OPP, we have an aboriginal officer talking about drumming and respect, addiction services, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and paramedics."

Each partner has their own pit stop set up, where they teach kids how drugs and alcohol impact their specific fields.

VanLeeuwen talks about the station they have set up for the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre.

"Statistically 75 percent of people that are in jail have an addiction problem, so they talk about the consequences of your actions."

900 kids from 17 Oxford County schools are participating this year. It's been taking place all week long and tomorrow is the last day.

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