ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Middle school students in St. Charles will come face-to-face with recovering drug addicts Tuesday in an attempt to show them the deadly dangers and consequences of drug use.
“The idea for us is to try to reach the middle school kids, the sixth and seventh graders, to catch them after they get through the DARE program, the tail end of elementary school, but before they get to high school,” Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar said.
Lohmar says over 300 middle school students from 18 schools will come together at the St. Charles Convention Center to hear from recovering addicts and those who have lost family members to drug use.
“They’re going to hear from people who have childhoods very similar to their own. They’re going to hear stories of how the heroin drug can infiltrate what appears to be a normal family and completely devastate that family,” explained Lohmar.
The students were specially selected and had to have permission from their parents to attend the event.