Bishop Ryan Catholic School invited Minot State's Director of Addiction Studies Dr. Vicki Michels to come educate its youth for National Drug Facts Week.
The event is a national initiative coordinated by the National institute on Drug Abuse-- and Dr.Michels says reaching children at a young age is imperative to their success in adult life.
(Vicki Michels, Director of Addiction Studies)"Prevention is the key. It's much easier to prevent then it is to treat. Once somebody becomes an addict it's much harder to change that behavior, so if we can prevent that, and obviously kids are making choices about drugs and alcohol. It's also important because of brain development, and so when children are making those decisions now, they are affecting and impacting their brains and their bodies at a very early time in their life."
Michels says knowledge is another key component to keeping kids drug free, and that in the multiple schools she has visited children are eager to listen, and ask questions.