Yvonne Clark: Yvonne shares a story of her son Conner and how her life forever changed on October 14, 2013. Yvonne has been speaking in Junior High and Senior High Schools for over 4 years and feels it is important to educate and bring awareness on the dangers of drug use and abuse. Drug use is becoming an epidemic in North America and young people feel they are invincible, therefore may take risks. Her presentation will have youth thinking about making right choices for themselves and the one's they care about. Drawing from a personal tragedy in her life, this life changing presentation focuses on the risks and consequences associated with drug use and abuse. Her presentation will share the warning signs and symptoms of drug use. Yvonne believes knowledge can empower students to make the right decision in their lives.
In Canada – 2016 preliminary data indicates that there were 2458 apparent opioid-related deaths. Based on this count, the death rate was 8.8 per 100,000 population. Western Canada experienced the highest rates, with apparent 10.0 per 100,000.
According to the National Institute on Drug Use, people are most likely to begin abusing drugs, including tobacco, alcohol, and illegal and prescription drugs—during adolescence and young adulthood.By the time they are seniors, almost 70 percent of high school students will have tried alcohol, half will have taken an illegal drug, nearly 40 percent will have smoked a cigarette, and more than 20 percent will have used a prescription drug for a non-medical purpose.
Meet Trez Anderson
My life was ordinary at one time. Born and raised in Innisfail Alberta. I come from a loving and caring family. I was active in hockey, and a sponsored athlete in Skateboarding, in my youth.
My life had its turn in events when I started using street Marijuana at the age of 14, which lead me down a path to try many other types of drugs. I became homeless and dependent on Crystal Meth.
At 19 I overdosed on Fentanyl. This overdose put me into a 12 day coma. While in a coma I experienced two strokes leaving me as a quadriplegic. I have taken my lifetime disability and allowed it to give me purpose in providing drug awareness to teens and to display how quickly a wrong choice can turn into a lifelong tragedy.
Have the tough talk
Your child is dependent on you and is reliant on you for support and guidance. While friends can change and people move on, parents remain the same and should only be a short phone call away at most. It’s your guidance that can help them steer clear. If your teen is falling prey to drug use, get them help. Together we can give our youth a future by stopping the intruder.
There's No Positive End To Dope.
Nope to Dope is a MUST see presentation.