On Tuesday April 24, Justin Mizu came to Rockglen School to talk about how drugs and alcohol affected his life. He spoke to the students in grades 5-12, and explained that he had been a regular kid from a good home, but had turned to drugs in high school because he was unhappy. He tried many drugs including mushrooms, DMJ, Cocaine and Ecstasy. During the presentation, he held up thousands of dollars in fake money, and ten dollars in real money. Justin explained that the fake money was like drugs were for him, because it looked like the greatest thing in the world, but was worthless in reality. He told us about how he had been rehab programs hundreds of times, but always went back to doing drugs, even though he knew they were probably going to kill him.
Finally, after being hospitalized twice for overdosing, Justin entered the year long Teen Challenge program, and quit doing drugs for good. In Teen Challenge, he learnt that life shouldn’t be about what you can do for yourself, but how you can help other people. Justin now shares his story at schools, churches and community organizations, so that people will know the truth about drugs, and hopefully, never try them.
Justin also did his presentation for the parents and community members at 7:00 pm that evening. It was a very inspirational presentation, and SADD hopes everyone learned something from it. Jacey Jacobs