Rise Together Student Advocate Speaks at High school presentation that highlights drug addiction stories

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Waunakee High School officials hosted a program Tuesday to get students talking about the realities of drug addiction.The school welcomed Wisconsin-based organization Rise Together. Members of the group shared their personal stories of addiction, including 17-year-old Jaden Litwaiti. His story began at just 13, but he has been sober for more than a year now.”I know at least from my example if I had someone my age talk about it, it probably would have clicked more,” Litwaiti said.

Students sounded off on how some of the stories impacted them.

“To hear someone my age go through that, I was just shocked it could progress that quickly,” junior Grace Statz said.

“This was more raw. It was more shocking, because it was real people,” senior Baylee Rolling said. “It wasn’t the parents of people who died. It was the people who went through it.”

Rise Together also planned a 7 p.m. presentation at the high school for parents to learn the early signs of drug addiction.

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