Optional assembly hosted by the Davis family and the DEA focuses on the dangers of drug usage

The informational assembly taught students about the dangers of synthetic drugs and how they can get help if they are struggling with addiction. It took place Tuesday, Nov. 16 during seminar.

Emma Rathbun, JAG reporter/photographer

The Davis family and the Drug Enforcement Administration held an optional assembly in the Performing Arts Center during seminar Tuesday, Nov. 16 to educate students on the dangers of synthetic drugs in order to better the safety of the teens in the community. The Davis family hopes to get the message across to young lives that one pill can kill.

Senior Damon Standen attended the assembly and shared why it was important for him to attend. 

“In honor of my friend Cooper who passed away in August, it was important for me to go [to the assembly],” Standen said. “His family has made it their mission to bring awareness to this issue to the community. Cooper meant a lot to me, and I feel showing support to his family was the biggest thing for me.”

Guest speakers from the DEA shared shocking statistics and important facts about the dangerous substance fentanyl.  As the rates of drug usage in teens rise, the topic of drug use is becoming more concerning. Sophomore Reagan Raether explains her concerns towards drug abuse in the community.

“You never really know what is actually in those drugs you take. I know it is hard but the best thing you can do for yourself is reach out for help from someone,” Raether said. “You can stop before it gets too bad.” 

Standen also shared his concerns towards his peers using synthetic drugs. 

“Someone loves you. You matter in this world. Do the best thing for yourself and get help. The world will be so much better with you in it,” said Standen. 

The assembly gave out good information to students like junior Keegan Gracy, who explained what he learned from the DEA. 

“I think [the DEA] provided good information. It was supportive for anyone that is having drug abuse problems,” Gracy said. “It is a growing issue in our country and it is taking more and more lives every year while the market of drugs rises as well.”

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