New social media campaign hopes to encourage teens to be drug free

Campaign includes photos of local high schoolers
Posted at 4:17 PM, Jul 30, 2019

ESTILL/POWELL COUNTIES (LEX 18) — The Estill-Powell Agency for Substance Abuse Police has launched a social media campaign to prevent drug use among teens.

The organization will put anti-drug messages that include photos of local high school sports teams and clubs. The group hopes to stop teens from using alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, and they believe hearing those messages from peers can be even more effective.

"If you're a teenager and you're in a certain group that uses alcohol and tobacco it's really easy to think, "well everyone is doing it," but we know that the numbers show otherwise. So we really want to put out that message and say that everyone isn't using," said Prevention Specialist Shane Walker.

The organization will publish new photos with anti-drug slogans every week through October. In August, the campaign will focus on stopping tobacco use and vaping.

If you know someone dealing with a drug abuse problem, you can contact New Vista at 1-800-928-8000. They have a 24-hour hotline.