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Howland High School raises awareness about heroin epidemic

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Students and families packed into Howland High School's gymnasium Tuesday to learn how the heroin epidemic is hitting close to home.

The second annual "Faces of Heroin" presentation included speakers who shared their first-hand experiences with the epidemic and how addiction has taken the lives of those they loved. 

Trumbull County Sheriff Chief Deputy Joe Dragovich, a Howland Township firefighter, and the sister of a 2002 Howland High School graduate were among those who shared their personal stories to warn students about the impact of doing drugs.

Students say the message was powerful.

"This is actually affecting the students here. They have many family members. These are Howland graduates. These are people in our community. With other programs, you show people that you may not know," said Brian Ringold, Howland High School senior.

The messages were shared with students in grades 9-12. Recovery and drug prevention resources were on hand to offer help to any students who needed it.

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