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High school students learn lessons about opiate abuse

(Source: Drug Enforcement Agency video) (Source: Drug Enforcement Agency video)
Izzy Myszak (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News) Izzy Myszak (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News)
U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News) U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News)

SCOTTSBURG, IN (WAVE) - Scott County, Indiana is no stranger to news of heroin overdoses. With recent news of carfentanyl-laced heroin making rounds close to WAVE Country, drug authorities from the Hoosier state decided to pay students a visit in Scottsburg and Austin.
The Drug Enforcement Administration works with a trifecta - enforcement, diversion and prevention. At Scottsburg High School, they are working on prevention with young minds.
"We get a lot of attention because of drug issues here in Scott County, so we see these things a lot," explained Izzy Myszak, a Scottsburg High sophomore.

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Just seeing and hearing about it is not enough for students like Myszak, to fully understand the dangers of opiate addiction.
"You never know anymore who you can trust, who you can be friends with," Myszak added.
When it comes to making those kinds of choices, for students, it's about knowing more, seeing the symptoms and perhaps even seeing the consequences. They were able to have that educational moment at school by watching a video called "Chasing the Dragon."

"It's really scary because you never know if the person you're walking down the street is a heroin addict," Myszak said. 
That's why the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana and a DEA representative stopped by the high school.
"Our message here is drug prevention," said U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler. "We want to intervene while the kids are young because my goal is not to prosecute them it’s to prevent them from using drugs in the first place."
By having a discussion after the video with the students, they were also looking to give advice backed by science. 
Myszak says she learned something new from watching the video.

"The people who do the drugs isn't the stereotypical people that we see," said Myszak, "it can be anyone."
In the hopes the students can decide for themselves their future in Scott County.
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