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Drug addiction video targets students

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(WMC-TV) – A video being shown to students in classrooms across Tennessee is meant to show them the dangers of prescription and synthetic drug abuse.

The video is called ‘deceptive dangers' and it was approved by state education leaders and the governor.

The video is 11 minutes long and it portrays people fighting through addictions. Their stories reveal how devastating drug addictions can be.

"I've stole, robbed, prostituted so I can get some more pills. I didn't care what I had to do to keep surviving. I called surviving staying high," said one person in the video.

The Tennessee attorney generals are gearing up to show the video to schools and students across the state.

"Illegal sales of prescription narcotics have really eclipsed cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, heroine, what we call street drugs," said District Attorney General Mike Dunavant.

West Tennessee Attorney General Mike Dunavant has already showed the video to teachers and administrators in Tipton and Lauderdale counties. Students could see it later this month.

"Not everything with a barcode is safe," he said. "If you don't go to jail for it, you could end up in the emergency room or the funeral home for it."

The video was created to target an audience of students from 7th to 12th grade.

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