Students Learn Reality Of Drug, Alcohol Abuse

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - It was a very real situation for kids and their parents as they learned about the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse Monday night.

The Reality Tour walked attendees through three scenarios at the library, each showing how drugs and alcohol affect the abuser and their family.

A jail scene helped illustrate what happens when people are brought in, followed by an emergency room scene in which a teen was pronounced dead after taking a pill at a party. A funeral scene follows showing friends and family mourning the loss.

Those who took part in the event hope it conveys a very strong message.

"I just think it's more common for younger kids now a days to get into that kind of stuff and it's dangerous," said actress Courtney Day. "They're going to kill themselves early on in life and that's not a good thing for them to get into."

"There's a lot of things people think they might not do, but once they get around a crowd, to fit in, I don't think there's any limit to what certain people might do just to fit in," said actor Brandon Evans. "And that one moment that you try to fit in, could be the last moment."

Prevention and Recovery Services partnered with Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and Washburn Rural High School for the event.