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      IM students learn to combat drugs

      Being told no to doing drugs is nothing new for students across the country. But instead of telling them what to do, students Monday at Iron Mountain learned what could happen if they choose to do drugs.

      Wisconsin Sheriff Deputy Joe Keil spoke to middle school and high school students about the effects and showed images of those who have used and abused drugs and alcohol.

      "Simply seeing the drugs or seeing somebody intoxicated or feeling good from the effects, [teenagers] see the almost positive side of it, said Keil. They don't see what the long-term effects of this are going to be to their bodies and their brains."

      Keil's approach is to be honest with the students about what can happen and making it clear that the effects of drugs and alcohol vary from person to person. But ultimately the decision is up to the students, and Keil hopes learning and seeing the effects of drugs and alcohol will help them make the right decision.

      "DARE, or in any other program, they normally tell you just to say no, said eighth grade student, Alli Duff. But if you have a decision, then you think about how it will impact yourself."

      Other students said Monday's information was nothing new, but it never hurts to be reminded.

      "It's helpful, I think, because people that do [drugs] have ruined their lives," said eighth grader Anni Cevigney.

      "The majority of the time when I got done with the presentation, about 80-90 percent of kids said they will never do anything or I never want to look like that in my life," Keil said.

      Keil hopes he had the same impact with Iron Mountain students.

      Another presentation aimed at parents will be held Monday at 7 p.m. central at the Iron Mountain High School Auditorium.