4/26/16 – 4:59 A.M.
Teenagers all over Hancock County were given warnings about heroin Monday. The Courier reports Team Recovery, a Toledo-organization that educates about the heroin epidemic, spoke at three high schools. Students at Liberty-Benton, McComb, and Cory-Rawson heard from recovering addicts, who talked about how they became addicted. The group will speak at Van Buren and Vanlue today.
While the speakers’ paths toward addiction varied, one message stood out; none of them thought they would become addicted. 29-year-old Matt Bell told students his spiral toward addiction began with his first cigarette. Bell said it wasn’t so much the cigarette that led to getting hooked on heroin, as it was the poor decision-making.
40-year-old Sarah Heslet told the teens she was the head cheerleader when she was in high school. She added that decisions like drinking on a Friday night to fit in led to other drugs which then led to opiates.
Liberty-Benton High School Principal Brenda Frankart tells the Courier the school wanted to do something informational on the subject for the students.
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