March 2017 Parent E-Blast: Drug Prevention Program

March 2017 Parent E-Blast: Drug Prevention Program

During the week of April 3rd, EDGE will be hosting a three-part conversation about “Preventing the Heroin Epidemic.”

Why? Everyone is at risk of opiate addiction.  This addiction does not discriminate.  The opiate epidemic has spread rapidly due to a false perception that only certain demographics are at risk. Persons of all life circumstances become victims each day.

EDGE Teen Center would like to dedicate the week of April 3rd to inform our teens on the dangers of the heroin epidemic currently affecting people of all ages.  This is not because we believe our students have a heroin problem.  Instead, we would like to educate our students on the implications of how small missteps could quickly lead to a bigger problem. 

In recent years, there has been an uptick in the number of adolescents who abuse prescription drugs.  According to a 2009 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 5 high school students say they have abused prescription drugs. A new study finds that most American teenagers who abuse opioid drugs first received prescription drugs from a doctor.  Researchers looked at trends in the use of prescription opioids among U.S. adolescents from 1976 to 2015. They found a strong correlation between teens taking the drugs for medical reasons and then later taking them for “non-medical”A reasons, or in other words, abusing them, according to the study published recently in the journal Pediatrics.

As part of this series on awareness and prevention, we will show firsthand how this affected one individual who innocently used a painkiller following a wisdom tooth surgery.  This quickly spiraled out of control into a path of abusing painkillers and then subsequently getting addicted to heroin.

Below you will find details of the planned events. Please either sign the permission slip or email Annie if you would like your student to participate in these programs. If you would like for your student to attend, please plan on picking up your student after the events have ended.

Schedule of the Program:
Monday, April 3rd 3:15 pm-4:30 pmEDGE students will watch “Chasing the Dragon.” This is an informative documentary produced by the FBI and DEA aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction. Below is the documentary if you’d wish to watch it yourself.

Following the documentary, Ray Murray from the Lakota School Board will be at EDGE to speak with our students. Prior to becoming one of Lakota’s School Board Members, Mr. Murray served as a Drug Enforcement Agent in Atlanta and Chicago. Mr. Murray will discuss his time working with the DEA and also about how he sees the trends of drug usage affecting the Lakota School District.

Tuesday, April 4th 4 pm-5 pmEDGE will host a guest speaker named Ryan who will share his personal story.  This includes decisions he made as a teenager which eventually led to his addiction to heroin and the long-term consequences it had on his life. His compelling story is told to motivate teens to make wise decisions so that drugs will not prevent them from reaching their dreams. There will be a Q & A session following his speech. Please watch the video below to hear Ryan’s story.

Friday, April 7th 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm Pizza and Chat- Envision Partnerships will provide two Prevention Specialists to help lead students through a group discussion. This forum will provide students with a chance to ask questions and discuss amongst their peers regarding the information provided throughout the week.

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