Knox County Schools and WBIR worked together to host the third opioid forum in a series across the community at Fulton High School Wednesday night.
Students, parents, teachers and community leaders filled the auditorium to watch the documentary “Chasing the Dragon” and hear from panelists and experts on the opioid epidemic.
Debbie Oyler was one of the parents in the audience. She has four kids and wants to be able to have an open conversation with them about drugs.
“It’s just terrifying,” Oyler said. “I’ve read about it. I know people that have been involved in it and just slid into it kind of by accident.”
Neil Morgenstern, drug education and prevention coordinator for the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), spoke about the statistics and commonalities among the users featured in the documentary.
He said most of the addicts in the documentary started off by using marijuana.
“The (Knox County) Health Department just released a student survey, very recently just came out with that they say one in five students in Knox County have tried marijuana within the