CCSD students learn about opioid abuse

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More than a thousand Clark County high school students learned  about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

On Tuesday, the Drug Enforcement Administration hosted it’s second youth summit on opioid awareness.

It targeted student athletes, council members and influential student leaders to attend.

Among the speakers were drug agents, doctors and a mother named Becky Savage.

The goal is to educate high school students on opioid safety by facilitating an open conversation. They say the more one talks about it the more the message spreads and they are able to save lives.

The program hopes these young ambassadors attending the event will share this knowledge in their schools and continue the dialogue of opioid dangers.

 “Today is about prevention. These kids have their whole lives in front of them and they are going to be making choices in these next coming years that are going to affect their whole lives,” said U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich.

“They’re going to learn some of the tragedies. They’re going to learn some of the triumphs and then they’re going to celebrate life. They’re going to walk away with a challenge to remind these kids of the many deaths that happen every year because of opiod abuse,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent Daniel Neill.

The students were asked to take an oath to not abuse opioids and to encourage classmates to do the same.

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