On March 10th, Brownstown High school watched a film on the effects of heroin and its users in Madison County in an ongoing Heroin Project for Southern Illinois. The presentation began with Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen introducing himself, as well as State's Attorney Josh Morrison, Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith, Brownstown Mayor Ginny Wilburn, and Brownstown Officer Kaleb Walton. He thanked everyone for coming and explained the movie the students were about to be shown. The film began with a probation officer talking to a former user of heroin and the effects it had on her life and body. The movie consisted mainly of teenage kids from Madison County that have experimented with or used heroin. The movie showed us how heroin can ruin the users and the family of users lives over one time of trying it. It only takes one time for a kid to try the drug for one to be addicted forever. After the movie Sheriff Chris Smith picked a student out of the crowd and handcuffed him to show us what would happen if we began using the drug. They all explained that heroin is not the path we want to go down and experimenting with drugs can ruin our lives. We would like to thank ESP Jodi Winkler for all her help in bringing this film to BHS.
By Klayton Kroll
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