Students "standing up" to fight against opioid addiction
The nice homes and manicured yards. Images of neighborhoods like this are not immune to the images of the opioid crisis.
And students at Upper Arlington High School realize this. Haley Gillespie and Drew Weisberg, two recent graduates from Upper Arlington High School, have been on a mission.
"I think it effects students more than adults realize," said Gillespie, "For me the biggest thing I wanted to get from the project is why students are turning to this."
They've spend the last year helping out with "The Stand Project," helping their classmates make good choices.
"This isn't just a club at the high school. This is a small community initiative of people, it's a network, " said Weisberg.
That community network includes parents, police, doctors and businesses - coming together with students to prevent drug abuse.
"I understand the danger that drugs and alcohol can present. And opioids are one of the scarier drugs out there, " said Weisberg.
Both Gillespie and Weisberg have never battled an addiction of their own, but have seen friends end up in dark places.
It's why these students started getting involved in The Stand Project.
Throughout the school year they've held social and education programs to give students an alternative.
Gillespie says it's to let them know that they care.
"It only takes one time for a lot of people to get themselves in these bad situations and so if they're with us, instead of getting into trouble - then that to me is making an impact," Gillespie said.
For more information about "The Stand Project," visit their website: http://www.thestandprojectua.org/