The following Letter to the Editor was written by Triton student, Samantha DiBacco, speaking for many students at the High School:
The heroin and opioid epidemic has hit our area hard, and caused so much devastation. In response, Triton High School’s four Anatomy and Physiology classes, led by Ms. Riel, have invested time in creating an action plan to raise awareness and fundraise for the problem.
In these student based learning classes, we first researched the pleasure centers of the brain relating to the effects of opioid abuse, and then we all read the National Institute of Health’s “The Science of Drug Addiction,” to further our knowledge on how the problem negatively affects the human body. We discussed Governor Baker’s new approach to this addiction, and debated different ideas and approaches on what we could do to help.
We, as a student body, decided on selling purple bracelets that say “Stop Heroin In It’s Tracks,” on the side to our entire school as our first fundraiser. We then chose to go further into our fundraising and have joined efforts with our SADD (students against destructive decisions) organization making it an all-year project. We proposed an Addiction Awareness Event featuring Heroin awareness acts, skits, and music, as well as a bake sale and donations.
The Pettengill House will receive all donations and all profits from the event It specializes not only in a food pantry, but also a support system for families and individuals suffering drug addiction. It donates money to organizations that deal with addiction problems and offers the opportunity for them to come for support and take the next step towards recovery.
The Triton classes are passionate about the subject, and the momentum is strong. We are discussing possibly doing a 5K walk once the weather gets warm, but for now, our focus is primarily on making the Addiction Awareness Event as strong, informative, and powerful as possible. Over 60 Triton students are involved in the event, and Ms. Riel is the teacher involved overseeing the event details.
The Addiction Awareness Event event will take place on January 30, 2016, at 7:00 pm in the Triton Regional Auditorium. The doors open at 6:45, and tickets are $5 at the door. This topic is very important to us; we feel as though it has affected everyone in some way or another, and we need to do something about it.
Thank you to all who help us to make an impact.
Student at Triton High School