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Alex Hamilton, an eighth grader at Craig Middle School, writes a drug free message on her red balloon Tuesday afternoon. It’s red ribbon week, and in an effort to encourage students to stay drug free the entire middle school released balloons with messages Tuesday afternoon along with hearing a presentation from Craig resident Matt Beckett about his own struggle with drugs and alcohol.

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Craig Middle School hosts presentation on drugs and alcohol during Red Ribbon Week

Most kids in middle school have heard the spiel, “don’t do drugs, they’re bad for you.” A staple in children’s education, the message seems to stick more coming from someone who's lived it. In a presentation to Craig Middle School 8th graders Tuesday afternoon, as part of Red Ribbon Week, a week of student awareness on drug and alcohol abuse, Matt Beckett, Moffat County Director of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, warned students about the increased risks they would face entering high school. Craig resident Matt Beckett’s downward spiral from popular athlete to druggie in jail, a story so outrageous and yet relatable at the same time, allows students to see how easily they too might fall prey to the allure of drugs and alcohol.

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