Fighting Back: Stopping opioid abuse before it starts
In Upper Arlington the students at the high school are coming together to help prevent substance abuse. It's called The Stand Project.
But it only works because the community is supporting it. For instance, police and doctors are helping with the program.
Doctor John Leff with Riverside Hospital is a committee member with The Stand Project.
He's now involved after witnessing some of the opioid cases that have come through the emergency rooms at the hospital.
"You see it from all aspects, " Dr. Leff said. "Every culture, every social economic class."
Addiction does not discriminate.
Resource officer Jon Rice sees it in the schools. "It's scary, it's scary, " he said. "That's what we want students to know - just how scary this problem is."
Rice has also seen first hand the dangers of the opioid crisis. He says drug dealers are targeting kids. Getting to them through social media.
"Earlier we ran into instagram, they were using instagram to sell drugs. Now it seems like snap chat is stepping up, " Rice said.
What's also scary that he's seen. Is that some students aren't taking the crisis serious enough. For instance, he says some students think taking marijuana is okay.
And that's not the case. He says dealers are trying to get kids addicted by lacing their drugs.
"They had marijuana and they had a pipe or a bowl packed with marijuana and heroin sprinkled on it. It was right here in Upper Arlington, " Rice said.
But through "The Stand Project" police, doctors, business owners, families and students are stepping up. Working on prevention and education programs.
The bottom line - creating a change to fight back against the opioid epidemic.
For more information about "The Stand Project:" http://www.thestandprojectua.org/