More than 72,000 people died last year due to drug overdoses. It’s a problem showing up in every corner of the country. It is devastating, but people are fighting back.
An event in Tea, South Dakota on Thursday night for parents was called “Know Drugs. No Drugs.” The theme inside the Tea Area High School gym was information: specific, detailed information about the drugs out there right now. Julie Frank is here for the lesson.
“I thought it would be good information,” Frank said. “I need to be educated about what’s happening in our towns. I work at a school, and I also have kids that are growing up here.”
“I just think it’s something that’s growing in our community, in our, in the nation,” tLINK founder Amanda McKnelly said. “Everywhere. I think, we always talk about the opioid crisis, and things that are going on, so, just giving awareness and education.”
The information and presentation include real-world paraphernalia and drugs, as real as it gets, ranging from pot to meth, heroin, and synthetic drugs.
“I think we all think that’s not what our kids are doing, that’s not what my neighbors are doing, or my friends, or my spouse,” McKnelly said. “So I think, we, it’s all so real to us, that we felt like it was important to educate and share.”
Frank’s reaction to this information wasn’t what she expected.
“It’s pretty scary,” Frank said. “I think it’s scarier than I thought it was going to be. I thought I was just coming to see what behaviors I was going to look for, but there’s a lot more out there than I thought.”