Former Lion Eric Hipple Speaks at SHS Panel on Addiction March 22

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 03/21/2017 - 21:46

Former Detroit Lion quarterback Eric Hipple is among the panelists who will speak to Saline students and parents during a forum on addiction.

Saline Community Addiction Prevention Task Force and Saline Alive present “Paths and Pitfalls for all students,” at 6 p.m., March 22 at Saline High School. The program is aimed at middle and high school parents and students.

“The event is focused on risky behavior that students sometimes engage in. We’ve seen that this is not just happening with at-risk students,” said Steve Laatsch, assistant superintendent for instruction at Saline Area Schools. “Obviously we want to do all we can to educate our parents and students about these issues and provide positive guidance.”



The program begins with a screening of an edited version of Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict, a documentary aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction.

At 6:45 there will be several speakers, including:

  • Eric Hipple, director of outreach, Eisenhower Center
  • Cathy Radovich, a mental health advocate who lost her son, Garrick, to suicide.
  • Lt. Lisa King, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office
  • Saline High School Students
  • UPROAR – Saline High School Student Diversity Group

At 7:15 the SHS Students Against Destructive Decisions will perform a skit.

At 7:30 p.m. there will be a discussion with the panel.

Laatsch said the program is in keeping with the district’s goal of improving students’ social, emotional and mental wellness



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