PORT JERVIS - Port Jervis will host the Reality Tour drug abuse awareness program on Jan. 17.
The evidence-based program uses dramatic enactments of the life and death of a teenager on drugs as well as discussion and education segments to make kids more aware of the risks and harms of drug use and parents more able to monitor their kids for problems.
The program started in 2003 in Butler, Pa. The Reality Tour uses dramatic scenes with narration to illustrate the real effects and consequences of drug use for a teen addict. Scenes include arrest, prison, an emergency room overdose and a funeral.
The program, brought here by Operation Port Jervis Pride, Port Jervis police, the Port Jervis Neighborhood Watch and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, is open to Orange County residents. It comes as Orange County closes out 2018 with more than 100 opioid overdose deaths.
“We’re just doing everything we can to address the issue,” said Niki Jones, president of the Port Jervis Neighborhood Watch.
Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said education, treatment and enforcement are the pillars of the county’s strategy to address the opioid epidemic.
“I view Reality Tour as a valuable component of the education piece of that strategy,” he said.
The Reality Tour runs from 6-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 at Port Jervis City Hall, 20 Hammond St., Port Jervis. It’;s open tl Orange County residents, and recommended for kids 10-18 with their parents.
Pre-registration is required. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Operation Port Jervis Pride coordinator Megan Robbins at 845-856-6344 ext. 29.