Right now, across the Country, we are experiencing an epidemic of drug overdoses and overdose death. In fact, in America as a whole and in most states individually, overdose death is the #1 cause of accidental death. We are losing youth and young adults to this insidious problem.
In addition to the insidious epidemic of overdose death is the skyrocketing number of near misses and the increasing number of young people that are becoming incarcerated because of drugs and the suburban migration of street gangs due to drug distribution. This is the second stigma.
Michael DeLeon represents both stigmas. In fact, he delivers a powerful message that is not only informational awareness for all who hear his story, but a powerful cautionary tale that is unmatched in its effectiveness. Working with local agencies, schools and Law Enforcement, Michael is able to impact an entire community to work as a catalyst for change. In communities that are already addressing this problem, or in communities that don’t know where to begin, Steered Straight is a powerful partner.
“It’s NOT Marijuana Anymore” – The biggest problem in America with Marijuana is the “Truth”. It’s absent from the conversation. There is an agenda in America to legalize a third drug that will dynamically affect the way youth develop. Marijuana commercialization is the Trojan horse that implode America. It’s the biggest threat to our youth bar none. It’s absolutely the illicit drug of initiation for youth and young adults, and it’s no longer anything close to the drug it once was. Parents need to be educated about what the industry is doing to change the product. It’s not the Woodstock weed most American adults think it is and the lies from Sanjay Gupta and the liberal press is just misleading. Parents need to understand the impact on youth and the conversation about marijuana needs to systemically change. It can’t change without the truth. Michael Deleon’s presentation and his newest documentary about what is taking place in states that have legalized so-called “Recreational” use for adults brings the truth about some of the myths to reality. Kids need the truth about the dangers of this new drug marijuana and they need to hear that truth from parents and guardians, so therefore the Truth is more important than it has ever been.
“UNDER THE INFLUENCE”
A Very unique approach to this important topic, combining the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic with the exploding increases in heroin use/misuse as well as the pending push to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Coupling this with changing trends with synthetic drugs, e-cigarettes, vapors, and alcohol, this seminar educates its audience on how to better understand and prevent as well as stop the overdose and overdose death epidemic we are suffering from in our Country.
“Killing More Than Pain”
Killing More Than Pain is an in-depth Student Presentation which can be done in an assembly format or a workshop format (smaller classroom, lecture hall) that addresses one of the most prevalent and deadly epidemics affecting adolescents of our country today: prescription drug misuse, abuse and overdose. This particular presentation focuses on opiates and opioids but includes education on other prescription classes.
Students are educated on how this epidemic got started, why it is not only continuing but getting worse, and most importantly, how they can stop it. They are educated on the appropriate steps they can take to effectively avoid involvement and prevent it from affecting them personally. The consistent evolution from opioids to heroin is explained and the fatal dangers of synthetic drugs, heroin and opioids is discussed. Students leave with an intense understanding and heightened caution about prescription medication, both prescribed and diverted, and how to look at these products in a much more critical way.
“Why The Streets” – GANG AWARENESS & DRUG/ALCOHOL TRENDS-TIE-INS
This seminar is a professional development and community awareness seminar that brings a very unique perspective to this growing social problem. It is a unique way to address the growing problem of youth, especially suburban youth from being recruited into gangs. It directly ties prescription drug abuse and subsequent heroin abuse to suburban gang migration and explains how we can stop this growing trend. It speaks to the presence and prevalence of gang involvement among students and the direct correlation to changing trends among youth with drug and alcohol use/abuse. This seminar explains the new reality of how the suburbs are A magnet for street gangs. Gang trends are changing across our country and there exists a very unique dynamic on how gangs, gang members, and gang activity / violence affects youth in different ways, specifically related to suburban gang migration. This workshop does not educate attendees about the history of gangs, but about how gangs affect our communities today. It addresses the dangers of street gangs and gang activity, specifically related to suburban gang migration. It incorporates the potentially harmful associations of peer groups, long-term consequences of irrational thinking and the unhealthy decision-making skills that some youth suffer from. It also distinguishes appropriate punishments for gang-related activity in schools. Furthermore, it provides staff with the means of preventing potential gang involvement and intervening in ongoing gang activity among students specifically identifying the correlation to drug and alcohol use.
“Weed Between The Lines” – The Truth about Marijuana and Vaping
As perception of harm goes down, youth use of marijuana goes up. Despite what the State of Colorado, numerous proponents of marijuana and the industry have states, youth use has absolutely escalated, and this can be easily proven.
There is a direct link to adolescent use of e-cigarettes and vapes and according to the CDC, middle school use is in excess of 15% and high school use exceeds 30%. The marketing for these products is all geared toward adolescents and it is completely unregulated by the FDA.
The legalization movement has increased youth use to all time highs across America and the age of experimentation and use has decreased. The problem is, almost all of the national conversation that youth get about marijuana are lies. There is an agenda to hook kids early and the media message to Parents and Community is that it is a harmless plant that is no more dangerous than alcohol.
The product has dynamically shifted from what the drug once was. Marijuana has been genetically modified to become a commercialized and industrialized toxic poison. Kids think it’s safe because most parents think it’s safe. Most Americans have no idea what is happening within this new industry. Legal states are selling 100% pure crystals, waxes and e-liquids and they are being commercially marketed across America. These products are unfortunately being bought and shipped over the internet and kids have no idea what they’re subjecting themselves to. Parents aren’t having these conversations because they don’t have the education they need.
This Presentation and/or seminar is geared to three different audiences. Students, Parents and Other Community Audiences.
The student assembly will engage students, open their eyes, and most importantly lead them to question their own misconceptions about what marijuana is and what it can possibly do to the development of their brains. It will directly challenge their desensitized attitude toward vaping, e-juice and e-cigarettes. It educated them in a way no other resource is doing.
The Parent seminar is very in-depth and eye-opening. MOST audience members have absolutely no idea about what is happening. Most parents have no idea how prevalent the use of electronic cigarettes and vapes are among high school and even middle school students. Now THC extracted from marijuana is commercially available for e-cigarettes and people need to know the connection and the amount of marketing beign done to children. Parents need to be more aware than ever.
The Community seminar can be geared toward any audience.
Law Enforcement with a catered education about the risks to the community at large and its ties to enforcement
Educators with a catered message to them to know signs and symptoms, language and what is happening among kids with vaping and marijuana
Business community with a catered presentation regarding the complications and problems they will entail in running a drug-free workplace.
What Parents Are Saying
I wanted to thank the presenters for the Stay In Your Lane assembly at Wood-Ridge High School this week. It has left a lasting impression with my daughter particularly the young woman who spoke. She has spoken about it to everyone in our family with tears in her eyes. It is different from other assemblies. She keeps saying ‘they didn’t preach to us but simply put their stories out there for us to decide what we thought!’ Please let the presenters know that their time and effort is being put to good use and they ARE making a difference! Thanks so much!!
I want to reach out to thank Crystal and John for sharing their stories and guidance at a presentation today at my son’s school. On 9/29/16 they presented to Toms River Intermediate East. My son came home with the program bracelet. I told him I’d love to hear about it, and it initiated a wonderful and important family dinner-time conversation. I appreciate your efforts to help kids pick and stay on a path of health, sobriety, and well-being. Wishing you much health and happiness on your path!