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Lakota schools fight heroin, prescription pill abuse

LIBERTY TWP, OH (FOX19) - A prescription pain reliever and heroin epidemic gripping the nation is taking center stage in one Butler County school district.
Following the recent deaths of two Lakota Local Schools graduates, district officials are hosting two community meetings about drug abuse.
The forums,“Let's talk: The truth about prescription drug abuse," will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Lakota East High School off Cincinnati-Dayton Road and Ohio 129 and May 7 at Lakota West High School at West Chester Road and Union Centre Boulevard.

The events are free and open to the public.
School officials are teaming up with doctors from Beckett Springs and law enforcement, including the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney's Office, to talk about the epidemic and how to better protect students.

A recent survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that 1 in 5 high school students has used a prescription pain reliever without a prescription. Experts say often times pain medication becomes an addiction, that eventually leads
to heroin.
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