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Students share stories, pain about drug addiction

Sunday, December 9, 2018

by The Monroe News

Members of the Monroe County Substance Abuse Coalition that hosted the summit and volunteers from other support agencies wore black and green T-shirts with the “I Matter” theme on them. They reminded students to use the hashtag when using social media.

Shayna Alaniz joined the Student Prevention Leadership Team (SPLT) at Summerfield High School because of the stress and pain her dysfunctional family caused her.

“A lot of my problems started with my father – he was doing drugs all his life,” the 16-year-old junior told about 500 other students at the 2018 Monroe County ”#I Matter Youth Summit” held at Monroe County Community College Tuesday. “I felt worthless and hurt. I cut myself... it helps with stress and to relieve the pain I carried. I joined SPLT to stop people from doing drugs (and) to tell them it has nothing to do with you and your family problems.”