This is why we need addicts to talk in schools instead of cops about drug addiction. My high school was about 20 minutes down the road from a big rehab facility. In fact the best place to get breakfast before school was a cafe run by the facility to help get addicts job skills and legitimately make money. I believe they had addicts come in and talk during freshmen health classes. I couldn’t say it was super or even more effective. But I definitely remember what they said more than the cop who visited.
I had the misconception that crack was purely a drug that troubled people in poverty, but then witnessed a friend graduate from collage and become addicted to crack. He had everything going for him, a great education, wonderful girlfriend, nice job with a family business. It didn’t matter. That stuff took him down hard. Made me respect the power of this substance.