Motivational speaker challenges students to stay drug, alcohol free

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

“I see kids that do drugs, gets suspended, wind up in jail... doing all kinds of things they have no business doing, but they do it anyway because they think its cool," says Milton Creagh.

Creagh talks to about 250-thousand teenagers every year about drug and alcohol use. Monday, thanks to the Dothan Houston County Substance Abuse Partnership-Creagh paid Dothan a visit.

"We can go into the schools all the time and tell these kids: 'Don't use drugs, don't drink, don't smoke' All of these things they do not need to be doing but when you have someone from the outside come in, it peaks their interest" says Beth Ford, DHSAP Community Outreach Coordinator.

Creagh tells kids about the issues associated with drugs and alcohol including suicide, driving under the influence, sexual assault and imprisonment. When asked about a recent nationwide debate: lowering the drinking age Creagh says he thinks that a bad idea.

"When I went through college, there was a lower drinking age and that didn’t stop people from wanting to drink, get drunk, and act stupid. When you raise the drinking age, the reality of it is, there are some kids who actually do not drink because they do not want to get in trouble because they are not the right age and will not do it so they don't get busted. is that everybody? No." says Creagh.

And while some teens already know the consequences of drinking and using drugs, they want their peers to see also.

"You don't fit in when you do drugs or alcohol, you make yourself become a totally different person and it's never alright" says Sarah Caskey, a Dothan High School Senior.

"After the programs we did earlier today, I had some kids come up and tell me, you know I never thought of it that way. I haven't thought about it the way you looked at it" says Creagh.

Milton Creagh travels across the country talking to not only kids but parents as well.

He is currently working on a major project with Disney to help kids understand the consequences of drug use.


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