Drug abuse dramatized to teach families on Reality Tour

KTVQ – January 19, 2012

BILLINGS – The best time to teach kids about problems with drugs is when they’re in middle school…according to the Roots of Promise.

The Roots of Promise emphasized the problems with dramatizations at Lockwood Middle School, Thursday night.

A girl dying from a drug overdose is one of the realities shown to more than 100 people at the Roots of Promise Reality Tour.

Local law enforcement and emergency personnel helped with the tour, which also showed a girl getting booked for dealing drugs.

The group of parents and children also saw a drug search and a funeral.

“The scenes are very dramatic, and they are tearful for a lot of the audience,” said Kristi Drake, project coordinator for Roots of Promise. “It’s pretty realistic and that’s why it’s called the Reality Tour. And it really goes to the heart of a lot of parents and kids. They are very moved by the scenes.”

Drake says parents keeping in touch with children and engaging them in activities is a key to avoiding drugs.

The Roots of Promise is a program that works with the United Way.

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