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Heroin, Meth Use Highlighted in Play for Northland Students

Updated: 02/26/2014 6:13 PM
Created: 02/26/2014 4:12 PM WDIO.com

Increased heroin use in the Northland has prompted action to prevent teenagers from becoming addicted. Students in several regional schools got a unique theater-style education on the issue this week.

Actors with the CLIMB theater presented to hundreds of students at Denfeld High School on Wednesday. Their play “Twisted Ride to Nowhere” was written for and about teens to show the initial attractions of heroin or methamphetamine use and the devastating consequences of addiction.

The strong and emotional themes used in the play differ from traditional drug education efforts, but Principal Tonya Sconiers said it's effective in getting the message across to students.

“With students these days I think the more intense the better they understand the concepts that are being shared with them. It being intense and provocative helped them to understand the seriousness of the content that was being shared in the play,” Sconiers said.

The play will also be performed at East High School, Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs, and the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School. The performances were made possible by a grant of more than $13,000 from the Northland Foundation.

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