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Recovering Heroin Addict Warns Teens About the Dangers of Drug Abuse

Feb 06, 2013

One man had a bright future ahead of him, but drug addiction to heroin changed his life for the worse. In order to stop other teens from taking the same path, Curtis Sommerville talked to teens about the dangers of drug abuse and how he lost everything.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, studies show that few teens use illegal drugs without trying marijuana first. Sommerville started using marijuana in high school and worked at a bar to pay bills and buy drugs. He warned teens that it often leads to asking what other drugs are available to make you feel good. His drug abuse and addiction to heroin lead to nine felonies, 12 misdemeanors, and the separation from his wife and two kids. Sommerville was spending up to $300 per day on his addiction and still fights to keep clean. The forum lead by the Weakley County Prevention Coalition and Crossroads Teen Center in Tennessee was designed to teach teens about the dangers of drug abuse through a true-life story.

Learn More: Drug Use Patterns, Consequences of Drug Abuse, Signs of Drug Use

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