Oct 15, 2015 9:25 PM
MANCHESTER- Photos of track marks, babies born addicted, and victims of overdose are all images that will soon be shown to Manchester middle schoolers, as part of a discussion about heroin in the city.
“I’m not going to say there isn’t stuff that’s going to scare them, because that’s kind of the point of it is to make them not even want to think about trying it,” said EMS Director Chris Hickey who hosts the presentation.
It’s a less graphic version than what was recently shown to the high schools. Thursday, parents getting a first look to decide if they want their kids to see it.
“I think it’s something every child in the city should learn. I think the parents of the children need to embrace this,” said parent Bryan Lodi.
Hickey says it’s never too early to talk to about this, especially since in August, the FDA approved the use of pain killers like Oxycontin for patients as young as eleven. Experts say prescription painkiller abuse often leads to heroin use.
“Without having something like this in the middle schools, it kind of opens them up to trying without really know what’s going to happen,” Hickey said.
It’s a problem that shows no sign of slowing.
“Last month alone, we ran 102 overdoses just in the city,” Hickey said.
The city and schools are looking to help educate parents and students about the dangers of a drug that’s killing people of all ages, and all walks of life right here in New Hampshire.
“This is a very serious topic, it’s very challenging and it’s affecting our kids and families,” said Dr. Debra Livingston, Manchester Superintendent of Schools.
“The message starts with the parents. We’re leaving here tonight, bringing the brochures home and talking about the epidemic,” said mother Tara Dichiara.
The presentation will be offered in the middle schools after the new year.
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