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Students are encouraged to avoid opioids before summer vacation

Students are encouraged to avoid opioids before summer vacation./ Credit: Alexandria Ikomoni

Students at Dougherty High School are encouraged to make smart choices this summer and stay away from drugs.

Dougherty County's school system, coroner's office, EMS department, and more partnered together to talk to students about the growing opioid epidemic.

With 17 deaths in Dougherty County alone last year, the county is working together to avoid another drug related death from happening again.

Every student at Dougherty High has a different idea on how they want to spend their summer vacation.

"Doing weight training with football and going to summer camps,” Dant’e Smith, ninth grader, said.

Smith has his plan for the summer, but he didn't think he had to worry about the growing opioid problem happening right here in Albany.

"I didn't know that until they explained that opioids can be going on anywhere,” Dant’e said.

Dougherty County Coroner and Dougherty High School alumni Michael Fowler came to talk to kids and urge them to be smart.

"We want them to have a safe summer, and we don't want drugs involved at all," Fowler said.

Fowler says during the summer, kids hang out, go to parties and will sometimes have the urge to try something new.

"Don't even hang with that kind of crowd,” Fowler said. “Don't try to do drugs that's out there. If someone tries to do drugs, say ‘no’."

Kids should be very careful because some of the drugs out there look like regular prescription pills.

"Because it looks like a drug prescribed by a doctor doesn't mean it was especially if it's being sold on the street,” Fowler said.

Dont'e knows he can't trust everything that looks like a prescription pill, and opioids can only lead to a downward spiral.

"Many people are ruining their lives on something as small as opioids,” Dant’e said. “Certain people that are using opioids could be the people that can change the world and make things better."

If he sees his friends with drugs, he knows what to do.

"I'll just tell them that I don't want to use it, and then tell them to stop to because I know what can happen to them,” he said.









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