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Opiate Awareness Assembly

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Ellis Tech Hosts Opiate Awareness Assemblies for Students, Families and the Community.

Ellis Tech joined forces with the organization Community Speaks Out to raise awareness about opiate abuse in our communities.  The event featured an assembly for the entire student body during the school day and an evening presentation for families and the community discussing dangers of opiates and addiction.  The panelists shared their powerful stories from many different perspectives all aimed at painting a picture of how easily opiate addiction happens and can transform into heroin addiction and the struggles and tragedies that follow.   Lisa Cote Johns described in detail her son’s struggle with addiction and how after 13 years of fighting he lost his battle to an overdose.  Three people in recovery shared their heart wrenching stories of addiction and the horrible consequences that brought for their families and their friends.  They urged students to talk about drug and alcohol abuse with friends and get help.  It starts with occasional drinking and marijuana use but oftentimes it progresses so quickly and it is too late to stop on your own.  Dr. Maletz, an orthopedic surgeon shared with families the impact opiates has on brains development.  He encouraged people to talk to their doctors about prescription pain killers and to fully understand the effects they can have on your child.  Tammy de la Cruz, Co-founder of Community Speaks Out, works with families and addicts to help them find resources and help for addiction.  You do not need to be alone in this struggle.  To watch the assembly in its entirety please check out the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBw05LXRkDs

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