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Students learn about drug abuse from those with experience

That night, Chloe took two bottles of aspirin in an attempt to end her life. Luckily, a friend came by and realized what happened and she was brought to the hospital to have her stomach pumped.

"Next thing I know I'm waking up in an intensive care unit," recalled Chloe. "My body just feels like it's been destroyed and I'm broken. I said 'Okay, I want my mommy.'"

"That was the beginning of the end for me," she added. "That was when things started to change in a better direction."

Chloe went back to college to finish her degree, where she was also on the dean's list for the next three years.

"My life today is bar none way better than it ever could have been when I was drinking and drugging," she said.

James began his story by playing a news clip from 1994, when he was arrested for vehicular manslaughter for killing a friend while driving under the influence.

His first experience with alcohol was at age 8.

"My father was camping with my brother and I and he wanted to go fishing in the morning," remembered James. "So, he thought it was a good idea to give my brother and I a couple of glasses of wine each so in the morning we would sleep in."

The only memory James has of the trip is the feeling of having alcohol for the first time.

"It was like something I found that I had been missing my whole life. I felt a sense of freedom," he said. "I felt like I was comfortable in my own skin."

By eighth grade, James would spend every weekend at a friend's house drinking.

"I never thought my drinking affected anybody," James said.

Now, years later, he knows during those years, his mother would turn her phone off in her room and turn the fan on high so she wouldn't hear the phone ring when someone called to tell her James was dead.

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