• Last Day of School May 25

  • Late Arrival May 23

  • Graduation in Cintas Center May 22 at 7:00 p.m.

  • Underclassmen Exams May 22-25

The student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio

The Leaf

Filed under News, Showcase

Students learn about heroin epidemic

JUST+SAY+%E2%80%98NO.%E2%80%99+On+April+7%2C+students+who+were+present+at+school+witnessed+a+documentary+and+listened+to+an+expert+panel+on+the+dangers+and+effects+of+heroin.+The+panel+has+visited+various+schools+to+impart+the+severity+of+the+heroin+epidemic.+Their+goal+is+to+raise+awareness+early+on+in+order+to+combat+the+issue+before+it+starts.
JUST SAY ‘NO.’ On April 7, students who were present at school witnessed a documentary and listened to an expert panel on the dangers and effects of heroin. The panel has visited various schools to impart the severity of the heroin epidemic. Their goal is to raise awareness early on in order to combat the issue before it starts.

JUST SAY ‘NO.’ On April 7, students who were present at school witnessed a documentary and listened to an expert panel on the dangers and effects of heroin. The panel has visited various schools to impart the severity of the heroin epidemic. Their goal is to raise awareness early on in order to combat the issue before it starts.

Staff

Staff

JUST SAY ‘NO.’ On April 7, students who were present at school witnessed a documentary and listened to an expert panel on the dangers and effects of heroin. The panel has visited various schools to impart the severity of the heroin epidemic. Their goal is to raise awareness early on in order to combat the issue before it starts.

Advertisement

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Sycamore Community Schools partnered with local law enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Hamilton County Coroner’s office, and the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office to present to students the documentary “Chasing the Dragon” on Fri., Apr. 7.

The documentary focused on the epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin use that thousands of Americans will die from this year.

The purpose of the viewing and discussion with students and staff was to increase an awareness regarding the potentially lifelong consequences of drug use while engaging the current and future leaders in this dialogue.

The administration showed the edited version of the documentary to students. The edited version attempts to eliminate the inappropriate language while delivering a strong message with intense content.

“This documentary was created to help students develop a greater understanding of this crisis and to create a deeper appreciation about the dangers of opioid addiction.

“Our goal is to reach youth before an addiction can set in,” said James B. Comey, FBI Director, and Chuck Rosenberg, DEA Acting Administrator, at the beginning of the documentary.

“‘Chasing The Dragon’ has really showed me things I would’ve never guessed heroin can do to someone,” said Danielle Toms, 10.

The expert panel included: Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of the Juvenile Division Brian Goodyear, DEA Agent in Charge Timothy Reagan, FBI Media and Public Affairs Coordinator Todd Lindgren, local law enforcement, president of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program and psychologist Dr. Richard Baum, and parent Beth Renner.

The panel answered student-written questions during the assembly. Questions were written in ACE bell during or immediately after the watching of the video.

The presentation changed the perspective of students who thought heroin was not a serious problem that impacted the Sycamore community.

“I knew heroin was bad, but when they explained exactly what it does to people, I was heart broken to know that people actually use it,” said Josh Issac, 10.

Students and teachers alike learned the outcomes of heroin and how addicts get hooked on it and how serious the problem is becoming.

“I didn’t expect that many people to have the nerve to even think twice about it. But I learned how many people we have lost to it, and I was shocked,” said Pierce Bryant, 10.

A Community Forum engaging the Sycamore adult population on the critical topic of lifelong consequences of drug use followed on Sun., Apr. 9.

Print Friendly

Leave a Comment

Comments are closed.

Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Students learn about heroin epidemic

    News

    ‘Tis the testing season’

  • Students learn about heroin epidemic

    News

    Apple sells less for more

  • Students learn about heroin epidemic

    News

    US state department announces travel alert for Europe

  • Students learn about heroin epidemic

    News

    Experts research why some people look like their names

  • Students learn about heroin epidemic

    News

    Electric air taxi ideas start soaring

  • Students learn about heroin epidemic

    News

    Digging deeper into hate crimes

  • Students learn about heroin epidemic

    News

    ‘Chemistry on the brain’

  • Students learn about heroin epidemic

    News

    Snapchat introduces 3D filter

  • Students learn about heroin epidemic

    News

    March for Science promotes policy, research

  • Students learn about heroin epidemic

    News

    US ‘armada’ heads in opposite direction of North Korea

The student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio
Students learn about heroin epidemic