The Cost of the Dragon: Coloring Light on the Opiate Epidemic
EUCLID, Ohio--Euclid High School sophomore, Hailey Wanton earned second place and $75 in the FBI Chasing the Dragon poster contest! If you watch or read any type of news these days the likelihood of hearing about the heroin and opiate epidemic in Northeast Ohio is high. In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Cleveland Division and Drug Enforcement Agency Cleveland Division have released a documentary entitled: “Chasing the Dragon: the Life of an Opiate Addict.” This documentary is aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction.
Overdose deaths in our area are among the highest in the country. As these numbers continue to climb, law enforcement agencies seek to raise awareness. The FBI Future Agents in Training (FAIT) Alumni, FBI Cleveland Citizens Academy Foundation (FBICAF), Robby’s Voice DEA Cleveland and the Cleveland Division of the FBI are working together to spread the word about the opiate problem and created a poster contest called “Cost of the Dragon” for students grades seven through twelve.
Students were instructed to focus on the consequences of using heroin and/or misuse of prescription opioids. All Euclid Schools seventh and ninth-grade health students created posters. However, only six posters in total were chosen for submission. Two posters from Euclid High School students in Mrs. Rosati-Kudej’s health class and four posters from Central Middle School students in Mrs.Young’s seventh-grade health class were sent to the FBI. Our very own, Hailey Wanton will receive her second place award and cash prize on May 24, 2017, at the FBI awards ceremony.