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Students Take On Opioid Epidemic

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Pruett Norris, a sophmore at North Buncombe High School and Imani Mosley, a senior at Asheville High school share their thoughts about the Summit.

At the first-ever Student Opioid Summit,  high school students across Buncombe County, Asheville City Schools and Madison County Schools spent the day learning about the drugs, everything from how the opioids affect the brain to how casual use can lead to addiction.    In the afternoon, the students held brainstorming sessions and were encouraged to come up with action plans to implement at school in an effort to increase awareness and promote prevention.  The inaugural summit took place at the Biltmore Park Campus at Western Carolina University.

Helen Chickering is a host and reporter on Blue Ridge Public Radio. She joined the station in November 2014.