Start Talking, the name of the program says it all. Talking about drugs, heroin especially and the hold it has right here at home.
Marietta High School leadership students, public officials and more came to hear more from a statewide campaign called Start Talking.
The message, talk about the problem. The drug problem.
Officials say studies show there is a 50 percent better chance that person won't try drugs if they talk about it.
In the middle of a heroin epidemic that's taken our nation and our community if we start with prevention, start talking, officials say we can make all the difference.
The program is state wide and started just a couple of months ago.
Officials say this heroin problem stemmed from the strict laws on pills. People turning to heroin because it's cheaper but it's a more lethal form of the opiate.
Marietta High School principal says he know the drugs are here and they are working hard to keep them out.
"Marietta High School is a micro causem of Marietta city, so every blemish we have in the city, unfortunately we have at the high school. We have had to deal with drug and alcohol problems at many of our events," said Principal Bill Lee, Marietta High School.
Principal Lee says there is mandatory drug tests for athletes at the high school as just one of the ways they are spreading the message, to keep the drugs away.
The students and members of the community listened speakers, three in particular where the story hits close to home.
A recovering addict that actually went to Marietta High School, found himself in jail and turned his life around.
One mother lost her son to prescription pills, when he only took one, one time and another local community member who's son is a user and continues to fight the battle everyday.
The Start Talking program sharing the message with the students so they can continue to be leaders in life and not fall into drugs.