National drug awareness speaker makes a stop in South Sioux City, NE

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SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Nebraska (KTIV) —  On Thursday, students in South Sioux City, Nebraska got a lesson on the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Ray Lozano is a national drug awareness speaker for the Elks Lodge.

The California-native travels around the country and internationally teaching students the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

He spoke with 5th through 12th graders at South Sioux City High School about the risks of juuls, vaping, alcohol, and marijuana.

“At this age kids feel like they’re invincible, so they try a lot of crazy stuff,” said Ray Lozano, National Drug Awareness Speaker for The Elks, “And the problem with trying a juul or vape is that it gets you addicted really quick and this is what the tobacco companies are looking for is the younger kids to replace the people who are dying.”

This is the fifth year that the Elks Lodge 112 have brought Lozano to speak with students in South Sioux City.

Organizers say it’s important to bring drug and alcohol awareness to students of all ages.

“If we get the kids’ attention when they’re [young] that’s when drug and alcohol is first presented to them,” said Pat Hoelker, Treasurer of the Elks Lodge, Drug Awareness Co-Chairman, “And so we need to get their attention too so they can combat those negative messages they receive.”

The Elks Lodge 112 is also involved in National Red Ribbon Week which kicks off on Tuesday, October 23rd.

Michelle Schoening

Michelle Schoening

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