Northwood High School kicks off National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week

Published: Sep. 20, 2016 at 4:33 PM CDT|Updated: May. 17, 2018 at 2:44 PM CDT
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CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A group of high schoolers at Northwood High School had the chance to learn more about the dangers of heroin and opioid addiction and the dangers of overdosing.

It was to kick off the National Heroin and Opioid awareness week. The Department of Justice and White House teamed up promote the awareness of addiction.

Students heard first-hand testimony from people who battled addiction from a movie produced by the FBI and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

They were also shown just how little it takes of certain drugs, like Fentanyl, to overdose.

"It's becoming a real problem with our teenagers. They get drugs out of their parents medicine cabinets and start down that road, so we're trying to reach as early as we can to raise this awareness so they know how serious of a problem it actually is," said Allison Bushnell, with the U.S. Attorney General's Office, Western District of LA.

The United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana plans on taking the presentation to other schools throughout the year.

It's all in an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse.

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