ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Several thousand Dougherty County middle and high school students got a very realistic look at what the opioid epidemic can mean for teenagers.
The Dougherty County EMS, Dougherty County Coroner, Phoebe Putney Hospital and Dougherty County School System sponsored the very realistic reenactment of an opioid overdose on Tuesday at the Albany Civic Center.
Real police officers, paramedics and drama students from Dougherty High School acted out the tragedy.
In the scenario, three students died and another was seriously sickened by opioids.
School Superintendent Kenneth Dyer said the program will not only touch the students but others in their neighborhood.
"I think they will take the message we are trying to provide to them today to their friends in the community," said Dyer. "To help stop this epidemic."
Dougherty County's EMS and Coroner said they are seeing increased opioid overdose numbers in South Georgia, much like across the rest of the nation. That's why they wanted to put on this reenactment to teach the students about the dangerous epidemic.