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Local treatment center going into schools to warn kids of dangerous drugs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentuckiana's drug epidemic is threatening the futures of thousands of children, and experts say a growing number of children are experimenting with deadly drugs.

That's why people who treat addiction are going back to school.

Emily Aubrey, 20, was one of those kids.

"I first started smoking weed and drinking the same night and ... I just fell in love with it," said 20-year-old Emily Aubrey, who is in recovery.

Aubrey's drug abuse started at a shockingly young age, first starting when she was a freshman in high school.

It started off slow, she said.

"We were at this party one time and it's like, 'oh, do you want a line of this?'"

But got progressively worse.

"And I am already drinking and high so, my thinking process is like, why not?"

For years, teens have experimented with alcohol and marijuana but lately, just like Aubrey, a lot of them have turned their attention to a more dangerous drug.

That's why The Morton Center has created a outreach program, targeting teenagers who use marijuana, alcohol and more dangerous drugs like heroin.

"We go into middle schools and high schools," said Susanne Binford, who is a clinical manager at The Morton Center.

Binford said they've been to several schools recently and talked to hundred of students about the dangers of drugs abuse.

"What we try to do is get in there and get them some information so that they are operating off of facts."

Binford said the most important "fact" is that some of the drugs have killed.

"It can just shut their body down, and it is shocking to see the numbers out there."

These days, Aubrey is in recovery at The Healing Place and has been clean for nearly a year.

"It is the best thing that ever happened to me," she said.

And she believes targeting students will save lives.

"They need to know what can happen," she said. "I thought that it wasn't going to happen to me, and it did."

Both The Morton Center and Healing Place will continue the drug prevention outreach programs at Kentuckiana Schools.

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