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CDC: Alabama High School Students at a Higher Risk to Try Certain Drugs

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Alabama high school students are more likely to try certain drugs than the rest of the country.

New statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show more Alabama students try heroin, methamphetamine's and steroids.

"Because prescription pills are getting more expensive, the reemergence of heroin has now come back because it's less expensive," says Deborah Soule, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Drug Free Community.

The CDC survey shows more than 5 percent of Alabama students say they've used heroin. Only 2.2 percent reported it nationwide.

"It's here. It's here. It's emerging and it's happening big time in Birmingham. Birmingham has a had a serious problem with it, with many, many deaths and if it's in Birmingham, it's going to come to Huntsville, it already has come," says Soule.

You can read more from the survey here.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free Community is developing a program called 'Today's Youth, Tomorrow's Leaders.' The group is made up of area high school students that want to educate the public on drug use.

"You don't really see it but you know it's there. It's not something people broadcast but it's not a secret that it's there, underlying everything. Like, after school hours and maybe even sometimes during school. It's there," says Columbia High School Junior, Akesia Ranshaw.

The Partnership will hold a Community-Wide Town Hall Meeting on prescription pill and heroin abuse.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Madison County Public Health Department, 301 Max Luther- Huntsville

For more information: 256-539-7339 or

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