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St. Charles County holds 4th annual Teen Drug Summit

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) Hundreds of middle school students in St. Charles County got a wake-up call about drug use Thursday.

More than 400 students from middle schools throughout St. Charles County heard the hard truth about prescription drugs and their connection to heroin addiction at the fourth annual Teen Drug Summit.

Eighth grader Erianna Williams was in the auditorium as recovering addicts and families of victims who have overdosed shared their heartbreaking stories.

"I'm around that age group, people try to peer pressure me into doing these things," she said.    

The students also saw a re-enactment of an overdose death.

"We've always said we can't arrest our way out of this problem,” said Special Agent in Charge Jim Shroba with the DEA. “The best thing for the DEA and other organizations is to send a strong, positive message to the most vulnerable people in our society, that's our kids."

The DEA joined about a dozen community partners to host the one-day summit, saying we are in the midst of the worst drug crisis in our country's history.

"It's important for us to hear these stories so we can try to stay away from it and impact our peers to try to stay away from it,” Williams said.

All the community partners have come together to create a coalition to fight the heroin epidemic in St. Charles County. It's called CRUSH,  which stands for Community Resources United to Stop Heroin.

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