Pride Of Tuscaloosa 2

By WVUA 23 Reporter Lacey Beasley

Pride of Tuscaloosa is the only nonprofit substance abuse prevention organization in Tuscaloosa. On Wednesday, they hosted “Engage” as a one-day conference open to the public to learn about opioids.

“We wanna make sure that people understand all of these drugs so that way they can avoid the addiction process,” said Kenna Young, prevention specialist for Pride of Tuscaloosa.

“Pride” stands for “Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education.”

Attendees included health agencies, nonprofits and police departments, yet the largest in attendance were high school students.

“We want to give as much information as possible so as these people grow up and face all the challenges in their life, they can make educated decisions instead of just using substances or deciding something off of a whim or out of curiosity,” said Young.

Students played interactive games, learning about tobacco products, nicotine and addiction.

One student said his biggest takeaway was learning not to take advantage of the little things, such as cough syrup.

“It just reinforces the idea that if you stop at the small stuff, you won’t even have to worry about the big stuff, so just don’t start,” said Chase Martin, high school student.

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