The Out of the Dark Coalition has announced that youth group representatives will be visiting Jonesboro High School to encourage kids to stay drug free, KAIT-8 in Arkansas reports. According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), there were more than 1.7 million hospital visits related to drug abuse in the U.S. in 2006. Rehabilitation facilities and substance abuse treatment centers provide individuals with the resources they need to turn their lives around.
“We feel this is necessary in this day and age for the kids to realize the importance of knowing what drugs can do to them,” Out of the Dark executive board vice president, Jean Strauser, told the news source. “A lot of them have no clue.”
Because students will be speaking with representatives who are their own age, Strauser believes the event will be more than just a conversation. The goal is to involve students and keep them engaged as they learn about the dangers of drug use.
Nearly one in 10 high school seniors say they have used Vicodin for nonmedical purposes, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Prescription drugs such as Vicodin and OxyContin are highly addictive. Substance abuse treatment centers can help individuals suffering from addiction, and their loved ones.