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Camanche-DeWitt Coalition Aims to Curb Synthetic Drug Use

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 It's a community-wide effort to keep kids healthy and happy, by cutting down on substance abuse. The Camanche-DeWitt Coalition is reaching out to parents and students. The group is providing resources like prescription drug drop off boxes and starting community dialogues about teen drinking.

    Thursday night, tackling another dangerous issue, synthetic drugs.  And doing that at a town hall meeting where the dangers of synthetic drugs are very personal for Mike and Jan Rozga.

    The Indianola couple, sharing the story of son David. Nearly four years ago, the 18-year old had just graduated from high school, when he and a few friends smoked K2 for the first time. 90 minutes later, the Rozgas say, David shot and killed himself. His parents say they  want to honor's David's life to prevent other teens and other families from suffering the same fate.
    Mike Rozga, telling about three-dozen people, "I'm not a cop. I'm not a doctor. I'm not a counselor. I'm not a prevention specialist. I'm not a recovering addict. I'm just a pretty normal dad."A dad who says he had to learn too quickly about a world he never knew existed. 
"We knew nothing about K2 when my son smoked the substance. We  talked to our kids about drugs and being smart and abstaining from sex and not texting and driving. But it never occurred to me to talk to our sons about something I didn't know about."

    But he started talking about the synthetic marijuana after son David smoked it, then took his own life. "In an instant his life was snatched from us and our whole world changed." Now he is sharing his family's story to save others "It may be your first experience, like it was for our son, or your 100th  experience, but sooner or later it's gonna catch you."

    K2, bath salts and Molly, on the table and on the screen at this Camanche-DeWitt Coalition Town Hall. Coalition member and DeWitt Officer Shawn Zeimet says, "Hopefully get that message out to the kids and the parents. And really having the parents look out of their kids, maybe get an idea of what their kids are doing. Hopefully and we can make a difference that way." Doing that, he says, with speakers sharing their personal messages.

    And the message from Mike Rozga, who says he gave his first K2 talk at his sons funeral is get informed, then talk to your kids and educate them. Do not inhale. Do not inject. Do not ingest anything. And he says help them stand up to peer pressure. "One family can make a difference." Organizers here, hoping many families coming together can make a difference in this community, and more. 
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