Attorney General Leads Opioid Discussion at Lehighton Area

LEHIGHTON -- The state's attorney general made a stop in northeastern Pennsylvania Wednesday to speak with some high school students about the opioid epidemic.

This is the first time Lehighton Area High School has ever held a program like this. It's the school's first opioid symposium.

"We have talked about there being a very prevalent opioid problem in our area and I do think it was needed," said student Abraham Garman.

They invited the state's top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Josh Shapiro to speak to the students.

"I didn't come here to scare them. I didn't come here to say, 'just say no.' I came here today to help them try to understand the consequences of their decisions and help them make smart decisions throughout," said Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Before the attorney general spoke, the students also got to hear from a former student who had issues with drugs while he was in school.

"Hopefully, to show them that no matter what they're going through, they're going to be able to overcome it as long as they reach out for the support that is here for them at this school," said Brandon Williams.

Williams graduated from Lehighton Area in 2008. He no longer uses drugs but told the students how he was their age when he first began to struggle with them.

"This is where a lot of growth processes occur for a lot of students and they go through a lot of trials and tribulations during this time and I just wanted to share my own experiences, strengths, and hopes or the things that I was able to overcome."

Students like Abraham Garman helped the school put the symposium on because they, too, feel high school is where many people who become addicted to drugs start using them.

"I think some students in our area may struggle with that and are around that and I think it's very important to help them stay away from that," Garman said.

After the guest speakers finished, the students held a panel discussion.

7 comments

  • Rusty Butterknife

    Legalize it all. If someone wants to slip into a drug-induced coma, they should be allowed to do that if they are a legal adult. In this way, the idiots and weakest links will be quickly winnowed out and revenue will roll in along with the alcohol and tobacco taxes. All of it. Except meth – that makes a person’s mouth look skooky.

  • mopar driver

    We’re sending in more opiates and funding ( atty owned) rehabs, shuttle services and clinics so if they run out they can still get high on the govt. ( and get free transport on the govt.) . Translated – throw money to our buddies and claim it will go away .

  • Fredric

    The 28 year might have had a chance of reaching the audience not what the students viewed as some ancient fat cat with a canned state sponsored message.

    I remember by high days.

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