DEA Special Agent Presents Dangers of Drugs to Lincoln-Way East Students
Monday, January 27, 2020

A Special Agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration spoke with Lincoln-Way East students about the negative effects drugs have on your body.

The Special Agent shared stories about drug use he’s witnessed both in his personal life and as a Special Agent. “I’m not just a cop telling you this stuff is bad. I’m telling you because these are real stories.”

He spoke about the negative impacts of legalized marijuana and stressed the negative effects of vaping. According to the CDC, one in five high school students and one in 20 middle school kids are currently using an e-cigarette. As of January 2020, there have been 52 confirmed deaths and more than 2,000 hospitalizations due to E-cigarette or Vaping product use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI). About 80% of patients have reported vaping THC. He states that tobacco companies have created “fun” flavors to target and hook young users.

“Stay away from this garbage. You have no idea what you’re getting involved in when you try this stuff. As young people, you’re still susceptible for addiction. Understand, learn, and realize if you want to succeed, make good choices.”

He encouraged the students to care for each other, to look out for each other, to love each other, and to help each other.