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High school students learn about dangers of drug addiction through documentary

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TROY (WRGB) – Tuesday morning, Tamarac High School students learned about the dangers of drug addiction through a documentary called “Chasing the Dragon”.

Addicts shared their stories, including how they were first introduced to drugs, many at a young age, and how their addiction developed. Family members also shared what it was like to see their loved ones struggle.

Brunswick Central School District Superintendent Dr. Angelina Maloney says she believes students need to hear this, and learn about the consequences, sooner rather than later.

“Research has shown that addiction touches every family, but specifically the opioid addiction touches students after they leave high school. So we wanted to make sure we did our part while the students are here with us so they can understand the dangers and consequences of addiction.” Dr. Maloney said.

Students also heard from a panel of student leaders & community leaders, including law enforcement, addiction specialists, and the District Attorney. They discussed the consequences from a variety of perspectives.

“This is something that we're seeing more and more prevalently in their generation, in their age group, and they need to be aware of the effects of it, and be aware of the risks of partaking in some of the behaviors that lead to this type of use and addiction.” Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove said.

“They're not untouchable, it's definitely something that can happen to anybody and it's definitely an issue they should be thinking about.” Ben Pusatere, an 11th grade student, and president of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) said.

Each school district in Rensselaer county will be showing students, and some parents, this documentary and presentation about the dangers of drug use.

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