Helping parents stay 1 step ahead of drugs

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KUSA - "Kids you wouldn't expect are getting taken over by it," Chris Lazarus said. Her 18-year-old son, Matt, was one of them.

"It gets good kids," Lazarus said. "It gets bad kids. It gets kids with money and kids without money."

Matt Lazarus was a high school senior when he died in January.

"Matt loved music and his little brother and had been a joyful kid," Lazarus said. "What we learned in Douglas County is kids can get it anywhere."

Lazarus has spent the time since Matt's death working tirelessly to help educate parents and kids about what she calls the ever changing dangers of drugs.

Lazarus takes Matt's pictures and his story into any school that will open its doors.

"We have [been] pounding the pavement for those opportunities," Lazarus said.

On Wed. February 27th there will be a night of Education for parents at Douglas County High School. It is free. It is only for parents though, because the presentation goes into important details about what some kids are doing. 

The idea is to arm adults, not to give any teenagers ideas for self destructive behavior. 

Lynn Reimer will be the presenter. She was a forensic chemist with the DEA and worked with the North Metro Drug Task force before starting a non-profit called Act on Drugs.

She says it is the small things that can lure kids in. 

"Most kids are not drug addicts," she said. "They are experimenting with pot, popping pills and challenges and that is what can get them in trouble." 

 It can quickly lead to more. She says drugs are changing rapidly and adults must keep up with their knowledge to help protect kids.

Lazarus has started an organization called EPIC (Every Person Initiates Change). It raises money for drug education programs. .

Find more information go to the EPIC for Drug Awareness Facebook page.

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