Campaign Targets Drug Use In High School Students

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UPDATED: Tuesday April 8, 2014 6:40 PM

Law enforcement officials have launched the spring edition of an educational campaign to combat drug overdoses among high school students.

The partnership includes the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio High School Athletic Association, Ohio National Guard and Ohio Department of Public Safety.

5 Minutes For Life is a new educational campaign to combat drug overdoses and demand amongst high school students.

An Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper and Staff Sergeant with the Ohio National Guard spoke with student athletes at Logan Elm High School Tuesday afternoon.

"Lead by example," said Trooper Santiago.

She says she hopes the five minute speech offers words of wisdom for a lifetime.

As part of the campaign, officials discourage the athletes from using painkillers to help soothe their injuries and encourage them to use their role model status to help combat the problem.

Lane Johnson volunteered to become an ambassador for the campaign.

He admits to being a witness and says he wants to do something about it.

"I see people being suspicious obviously they have the pills and things like that, I haven't seen a whole lot of the drugs here, but I know they're here somewhere," he said of Logan Elm High School.

Trooper Santiago says the problem exists statewide, which is why the Ohio High School Athletic Association is also involved. The statewide partnership involves more than 800 high schools.

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