Organized by: Jacki Smiro
I lost my 17 year old son in 2008 to an accidental prescription drug overdose. Since then, and almost weekly we are losing more and more young adult lives to overdose in our community.
As a result of over prescribing pain medication our youth are now becoming addicted and not living beyond the age of 30. Everyone knows someone.
Instead of attending class reunions our children are attending their classmates funerals and children are buried next to their friends and classmates because we don't want our children to be alone. This breaks my heart.
We have programs for minority groups but nothing for the 75% of average Americans that we are losing to the disease of addiction.
Our children are paying for a broken system their lives while we sit and wait for laws to be passed. How may more children do we have to bury before someone will do something?
Every American should be outraged. Why are we more concerned about everyone else except our children? It's time that we stand up and help ourselves because no one else is. We need to take care of our own.
Young people do want to be productive members of society.
We need to start taking preventative measures, not throw a cup of water on a 5 alarm blaze.
We need to invest in all of our children, not just minority groups.
No child says I want to grow up and become a drug addict, put my family through hell and die.
I want to build a future of hope, encouragement and empowerment that they so desperately want and need. All of our youth need somewhere to go and something to do after school and weekends where they are encouraged and empowered while learning life skills that will lead them beyond their teenage years.
Kids still want to be kids. i.e. Ride go carts, play paintball, play laser tag, skateboard, hold talent shows, dances, bonfires, hang out, art classes, play pool, cook, garden and participate in repairs and planning their activities while being supervised. That is what I propose to do.
I'd love to have this program become a model for all communities throughout the US.
We are all plagued by this epidemic in one way shape or form. Lives are lost, dreams are shattered and families forever shattered. Please help me help them. Our youth deserve better than this. Not One More!