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March 12 ‘A Night to Know the Truth’ at Hudson High School

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The Hudson School District is sponsoring “Know the Truth,” next week, a program that focuses on the problem of opiate, heroin and other drug addictions for secondary students at Hudson High School and Hudson Middle School.

“A Night to Know the Truth” on Wednesday, March 12, is a free event open to the public for parents, youth-workers, teachers and adults looking for information on the growing drug problem in the Hudson area. The program will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the school auditorium. It will let parents know what information their children received during the presentations at school and how to engage their children in conversation about drug abuse and prevention.

According to authorities, there have been at least a dozen deaths from drug overdoses in the area over the last two years including six Hudson High School graduates, all under the age of 25.

The events are being presented by Know the Truth, a non-religious drug and alcohol abuse prevention program that was developed to educate high school and middle school students on drug abuse prevention and addiction and consequences of their choices. They are affiliated with Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge that offers services for those struggling with addiction.

“Heroin addiction, overdose, and death are on the rise. This isn't a message anyone wants to deliver, and we wish it wasn’t true. But we can’t stay silent when given the opportunity to inform the public of this serious danger,” said Adam Pederson, Prevention Program Manager at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge.

Pederson says students and adults are confused about the nature of opiate addiction.

“How can using medication either legally or illegally possibly transform a person into a heroin addict? But the evidence is clear. As a user becomes more resistant to the effect of opiates, he or she must seek a larger dose or a purer form to obtain the same high,” said Pederson. “It doesn’t matter that it is medicine they are using. That is addiction. When pills no longer work to achieve the high, heroin is a cheap, easily accessible and devastating alternative.”

Kelly Hoyos, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse prevention specialist for the Hudson School District, said the presentations are not about telling people what to do or not to do but about providing insight into how seemingly harmless decisions can affect students’ futures.

According to Hoyos, the events are part of the Hudson School District’s ongoing effort to combat substance use and abuse within the community. Support and resources are available through school counselors, social workers and Hoyos.

“I’m very excited about the new-founded partnership with Know the Truth, and look forward to inviting them into Hudson schools for years to come. Their mission is critical and their message is well-received,” said Hoyos.

For more information about the events and the district’s AODA efforts, contact Hoyos at (715)377-3711 or via email at For more information about Know the Truth go to

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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