Wichita students learn about drug addiction in a unique way

KSN Digital Extra

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – USD 259 students in 6th through 12th grade spent the day learning about drug addiction.

The DEA, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wichita Police Department gave presentations to students about addiction and vaping.

They also saw a performance by The Awaken Project, who put on a live rock concert to get engage students through a high-energy performance.

Joe Richardson, Motivational Speaker for The Awaken Project told stories about people who have fallen to addiction, even showing images of celebrities who have passed due to addiction.

It wasn’t until the speaker told his story about losing his own teenage son to heroin that students got to understand the impact on the family of those addicted to drugs.

“I lost my son 7 years ago to heroin overdose,” said Joe Richardson, Motivational Speaker for The Awaken Project. My wife and I both vowed we wanted to make a difference in the community, be proactive and not wonder why.”

For more information on the Teen Drug Summit, you can go to: wichitacrimecommission.org or to learn more about The Awaken Project, go to: awakenproject.org

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