Melissa Ghosh of Dogs Against Drugs and her narcotic detector canine Cassie were at Celina Junior High School on Thursday and Friday to educate students about the dangers of drugs.

Dogs Against Drugs is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to prevent substance abuse and other self-defeating behaviors by all children. Not only do Ghosh and Cassie perform narcotics searches in a number of school districts in the North Texas area including Celina Independent School District, but they regularly work to keep parents and students informed about how to handle drug problems.

“Our goal when we find a student in possession of contraband is to provide resources to help them, rather than taking a punitive approach,” said Ghosh.

Ghosh and Cassie are certified through National Narcotic Detector Dog Association. Cassie is trained in sniffing out narcotics, alcohol, and gun powder. Some topics Ghosh addresses when educating students include drugs, conflict resolution, and standing up for yourself.

Coach Roger Kincaid, who’s classes attended a seminar with Gosh and Cassie, said he noticed that Ghosh opens discussion up and lets the kids get involved. “She included the kids and they started talking like they’ve known her.”