Did you know that half of all new drug users are under the age of 18? The majority of adults with an addiction first experimented with drugs before they turned 21. According to SAMHSA* in 2014 alone, an estimated 28,000 adolescents had used heroin in the past year, and an estimated 16,000 were current heroin users. Easy access, low cost of drugs, coupled by a lack of understanding of the addictive and deadly nature of opiates has resulted in a record number of deaths. 130 people die everyday from drug overdoses in the US alone.
LTM believes that education and awareness is the key to stopping this epidemic that has tragically taken the lives of so many young people. Prevention programs, designed to address risk-factors, improve drug resistance skills, and reinforcement of anti-drug attitudes are important to helping raise awareness of the danger of opioids and drugs.
LTM's unique approach to speaking to students about addiction includes hearing from a recovering addict on how and why they got started, and the impact on their families, health, personal and professional life long after they are drug-free. Our program has been presented to more than 50,000 school students over the past four years. Click link for more details on our Reaching Kids Before Drugs Do program.
We survey the students after the event to be sure we are meeting our goals. 83.47% of students that completed the survey indicated that they were more likely to speak up and help someone. And here are a few of the comments we have received:
- "I learned that people who are addicted to heroin aren't always sketchy or weird looking. That it could easily be one of us."
- "The addict speaking about his insecurities and how it led to drugs really influenced me. I personally struggle from the need to feel accepted and cool to others. So knowing I am not alone is a relief."
- "I didn't realize that because I have addiction (alcohol) issues in my family, that puts me at a higher risk. Never thought about that."
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*Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality