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Steered Straight warns students of heroin danger

Posted at 6:58 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 18:58:33-05

LEBANON, Ind. -- Heroin overdoses and deaths are sweeping the country – even in rural Boone County.

In Lebanon, high school students gathered for an assembly Friday to talk about the realities of heroin and addiction. During the assembly, one-third of students indicated they personally knew friends and family members struggling with addiction.

"I have a few family members who have died from drug use or are using drugs right now," said Lebanon High School student Evan Shambaugh.

The organization Steered Straight brought its anti-drug campaign to Boone County. Michael DeLeon, the driving force behind Steered Straight, says the country is in the throes of a public health crisis. DeLeon says drugs are the reason his mother was murdered, his wife and children were threatened and he spent 12 years in prison.

"I have a long history … criminal activity, gang activity, drugs, prison," DeLeon said. "It takes a lot. I'm scared out of my mind. I'm petrified. And I'm on a seven-day-a-week mission because I'm so scared."

DeLeon says the legalization of marijuana for recreational use is a Trojan horse that could spell the downfall of the country.


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