Reacting to a recent tragic death of a young man who had graduated from high school only two years ago, organizations in his community have started working together to build a program that will look to address alcohol or drug abuse and education. Much of this will come in the form of in-class discussions and lectures, which is possibly the best place to start when it comes to minimizing the impact of alcohol and drug abuse. Since teens are more likely to be in a state of mind to learn and grasp new concepts while in a classroom setting, teaching substance abuse in schools may be much more effective than from anywhere else. Theoretically, doing so should lead to fewer drug abusers and people going to rehab in NJ.
Spenser Flowers went from homecoming king to overdose victim in 27 months. At the Hampton Township School District, his death hammered home the reality that even if there’s no sign of pills or stamp bags in the halls or bleachers, graduates will soon run into opioids, some will try them, and a few will die.
“You’re haunted by that: Someone so young, dying from something that could’ve been prevented,” said Hampton’s high school principal, Marguerite Imbarlina. “That was somewhat of a wake-up call. . We need to try every avenue, because every kid is different.”
That wake-up call led to, among other things, a Jan. 18 summit at which multiple levels of government, including the schools, joined with clergy and medical professionals in a partnership to fight the epidemic. Click Here to Continue Reading