Speaker gives useful drug abuse speech

April 22, 2014

By Madeline Wells

While Issaquah High School sophomores were slogging through HSPE testing and upperclassmen were enjoying a few more hours of sleep last month, freshmen had an array of morning activities throughout one week.

While many initially groaned about the activities, some of the speakers that they got to listen to had an influential message to impart.

Madeline Wells Issaquah High School

Madeline Wells
Issaquah High School

One of the speakers, Jerry Blackburn, is a faculty member in the Addiction Studies Program at Bellevue College. Blackburn is a teacher, community educator, and health and wellness consultant. His presentation focused on the damaging effects of substance abuse.

Freshman Anthony Balducci described him as an “upbeat and friendly guy” whose presentation included colorful stories and demonstrations showing how the brain works.

Balducci found the presentation to be useful.

“He actually had facts rather than fear tactics, like ‘If you do drugs then you’re going to die,’” Balducci said.

Blackburn’s message stressed the physiological and psychological effects of drugs and alcohol.

 

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