Mothers speak to students about drug abuse - WNEM TV 5

Mothers speak to students about drug abuse

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FREELAND, MI (WNEM) -

Two broken-hearted mothers who lost their sons to drug addiction are hoping to stop anyone else from going down that path. 

"I was in high school. I took my first drink. I believe I was in ninth grade," Megan Ladrig said.

The 25-year-old has had a tough time dealing with alcohol and drugs. She tries to warn teens not to go down the path she chose at their age.

"It progressively got worse because I didn't tell anybody that I had a problem," Ladrig said.

Ladrig and two women who lost their sons to drug addiction delivered their messages at Freeland High School. They have formed a local chapter of FAN, which is short for Families Against Narcotics. 

Ann Denno lost her son Cam three years ago. His death is still painful.

"We miss our son every day. It's still something that is painful and it's something that we have to live with," Denno said.

Rhonda Voelker's son Allen also died due to drug addiction.

"I had no idea of the signs of the addiction, and when I finally did see the signs, he was already very much into the addiction," Voelker said.

Students said they got the message loud and clear.

"Just hearing that makes us know how real the issue is and it kind of makes us aware of how significant it is with young people our own age," said Doug Piper, a student at Freeland.

A student chapter of FAN asked the women to address their school.

 "We just wanted to get the message out because it is real and we see it on an everyday basis," said Allison Metiva, a student at Freeland.

Meanwhile, Ladrig just hopes to get her message through to teenagers.

"Maybe it'll help somebody," she said.

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