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Virtual Real Talk Event with Michaela McLean

Miss Florida 2019-2020, Michaela McLean, talks with students about substance abuse and provides tools to make responsible and potentially life-saving decisions.

Virtual Real Talk Event with Michaela McLean, Miss Florida 2020

Estimated watch time: 34 mins 

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Welcome to the Community Education Series hosted by The Recovery Village and Advanced Recovery Systems. About four years ago, we reached out to the Miss Florida organization because we wanted to partner with a group of individuals that were very community-oriented, focused, great role models to take a message that we know is so important across the state of Florida. We had also reached out to the University of Central Florida to help us develop the curriculum, and it started very organically. Our first spokesperson was Courtney Sexton back to back in 2016. She did an exceptional job. Taylor Tyson and Sarah Zang have carried that message and Michaela has just taken it and run with it.

So, obviously with everything going on with COVID, we didn’t want that to slow down the opportunity for her to connect with you and for us to share a really important, invaluable message. I think it was alarming what I heard today. There were so many increased search terms around teen substance abuse. Recently, we’ve been able to see spikes on even our websites and everything. Just because kids aren’t in school doesn’t mean that they’re not accessing things that could potentially be very harmful to themselves. We wanted to be able to have a conversation and give you some very valuable information about what it is you know, what substance abuse looks like, and how to help.

I’m not going to steal any more of McKayla’s thunder, but I wanted to just do a brief intro. I’ll be here throughout the presentation. As I mentioned, as you jump on, please say hi in the chat and keep it going. Then, of course, at the end we’ll be able to answer any questions that you may have. Just put those in the chat and we’ll respond to them at the end.

But I will do a little bit more of a formal intro. So Michaela McLean is Miss Florida 2019. She’s a graduate of the University of Alabama. She has been an exceptional role model, an advocate and an ambassador, not just for Advanced Recovery Systems, but for everything she does with her platform, “Brave and Beautiful”, and then, of course, with the Everglades Foundation. So, I cannot say enough amazing things about you, Michaela. To know you is to love you, and we have been honored to be able to work alongside you this year. So, I’m going to turn it over to you.

Awesome. Well, thank you so much to Miss Alison. Seriously, she has been just an incredible role model for me and to be able to have this partnership with Advanced Recovery Systems. The Miss Florida organization has given me a full-time job and has given me just another platform to be so passionate about as well. If we have not met, my name is Michaela McLean. I’m the current Miss Florida 2019. I am an ambassador on behalf of Real Talk. I’ve been able to travel across the entire state these last 10 months. I’ve been to over 35 to 40 schools, reaching roughly around 4,000 students. And so, mainly I’ve been able to just meet students where they’re at and have an open and honest conversation with them, and that’s what I really want to have with you all today. 

I have just graduated from the University of Alabama, double majored in dance and public relations there. I was involved in a ton of community events. I was a sorority member, and involved in organizations on campus. But I say all those things because I understand firsthand the struggles, the temptations, and the peer pressure that comes with either being a high school or a college student or outside of any kind of educational scene as well, especially in the area of drugs and alcohol. 

As Miss Florida, I’ve been able to be really passionate on another level with this as well, just to show students that you can be informed and you can be educated in this area to know how your body and your brain are going to react. I’m really excited today to bring a hard-hitting presentation, using real-world examples to show you how students fell into that peer pressure trap and experimented with drugs, alcohol. You’ll see how their body’s going to react.

We’re going to go through a video presentation. I’m going to stop halfway through and ask you all just a few questions on what you saw in the first part of the video; then, we’re going to do the second half of the video and I’ll come back with an open Q and A at the end as well. So, I hope you guys enjoy the video and feel free to leave any other further questions in the chat below as well.

“New at 10: struggling to make sense of a school year tragedy. Nine students dead, all tied to drugs.” 

“18-year-old Teslin Russell was found dead in her family’s home on December 30th.” 

“At least two overdose cases in which the victim thought they were taking the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.” 

“The family says police told them that the 19-year-old was intoxicated and walked into a freezer.” 

“Adderall abuse on college campuses.” 

“And the prosecutor in this case has filed 850 charges in the death of Timothy Piazza.” 

Teslin Russell, Kenika Jenkins, Tim Piatsa, they’re just like you, except they’re gone. 19-year-old Timothy Piazza died after falling down the stairs at an alcohol-fueled pledge event at Penn State University in February, known as “The Gauntlet.” Prosecutors say Piazza’s blood alcohol content was as high as 0.364 times the legal limit when he fell around 11:00 PM. At 11:53 prosecutors say one fraternity brother sent a group message to his brothers, quote, “Tim Piazza might actually be a problem, he fell 15 feet down a flight of stairs, hair first. Going to need help.”

They knew that he was in danger. They backpacked him, which is a way of making sure he didn’t roll over. According to prosecutors, within an hour, Piazza tried to stand up and fell head first three separate times into the hardwood floor, iron railing, and the front door.

The next morning, fraternity brothers found Piazza in the basement. Some of them tried to Google things like “What to do with a head injury?” The DA says, the brothers finally called for help almost 12 hours after Piazza first fell. If 911 had been called immediately, as any decent human being would have done, the life of Tim Piazza would have been saved.

It takes just a glance to see the beauty and sparkle in Teslin Russell’s eyes. She was loved by so many people. She had a heart of gold at just 18 years old. She loved people and animals, had a zest for life, a fierce competitor, figure skating since she was six years old. And when she graduated Holy Trinity High School with an 80% average and went off to college for nursing, her parents, Riley and Bob Russell, couldn’t be more proud of the young woman their daughter was becoming. 

On December 30th, after a normal night at home, Teslin’s secret was tragically revealed. “You know, I was shocked, I couldn’t understand why she was dead. There was no trauma, there was no…her body, it’s like she kneeled down and went to sleep, and it didn’t make any sense to me at all.” Senseless because she went from being perfectly healthy to found dead on the family’s bathroom floor. “We were kind of in there saying goodbye to her, and I picked up the purse and I opened it and I said, the police officer was standing right there, and I said, what are these?” They were pills, police would later confirm to be counterfeit Percocet, a painkiller laced with fentanyl, a deadly concoction. “We were a family of five, now we’re a family of four. There’s a big gaping hole in the family and everything we do, there’s one missing.” 

Surveillance video shows Kenika Jenkins walking with friends at the Crowne Plaza hotel early Saturday morning. We see her a few hours later by herself. At one point, she stumbles out of an elevator. Later, she repeatedly hits the wall walking down this hallway. Another camera catches her running into a stairwell and then catching her fall. Video time codes appear to show Kanika roaming the hotel for over an hour. She’s trying to find her way, and no one from the Crowne Plaza hotel responds to her. Rosemont police say 31 people were at the party with Kanika inside the hotel room, booked with a fraudulent credit card. Police say they’re still trying to identify and find 15 of the partygoers. Meanwhile, autopsy and toxicology results have yet to be released.

While Teslin died of an overdose related to prescription drugs, both Tim and Kenika’s lives were tragically cut short as a result of binge drinking, but what does that mean? Binge drinking is characterized by five or more alcoholic drinks for males and four or more for women on the same occasion. Here’s the trouble: among those under 21, 90% of alcohol consumed is in the form of bingeing and those that drink like this are much more likely to drive impaired and have accidents like Tim, who fell headfirst down a flight of stairs. Binge drinking increases your risk for having an unplanned pregnancy and for contracting a sexually-transmitted disease.

The list of negative consequences goes on and on, but alcohol poisoning is an extremely common and dangerous result of binge drinking. Your body can physically only process one unit of alcohol an hour. That’s 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled liquor. Drink a lot in a short span of time, and the amount of alcohol in the blood can stop the body from working properly. It works as a poison, slowing down your brain function, affecting your balance and reflexes, and it irritates the stomach to the point of vomiting. It also stops your gag reflex from working properly, which may cause you to choke on your own vomit. 

Alcohol dehydrates the body, which could cause permanent brain damage and lower the body’s temperature and blood sugar, which can lead to hypothermia and seizures. On average, six people will die everyday from alcohol poisoning. More than 1,800 college students will die from alcohol-related injuries, and almost 100,000 will experience alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape every year.

Brock Turner: a former Stanford swimmer convicted of three felonies after attacking an unconscious young woman. I’m going to begin our program today with a gut-wrenching story that has gone viral. A story that we will spend most of this special and highly unusual hour sharing with you. It is a rape victim’s letter to her attacker, and I will warn you now that this is graphic, this is difficult to hear. It is lengthy, but stick with us because it is riveting and it is important. 

“On January 17th, 2015 it was a quiet Saturday night at home. My dad made some dinner and I sat at the table with my younger sister, who was visiting for the weekend. I planned to stay at home by myself while she went to a party with her friends. Then I decided, I had nothing better to do, so why not? There’s a dumb party 10 minutes from my house, I would go dance like a fool and embarrass my younger sister. 

“On the way there, I joked that undergrad guys would have braces. My sister teased me for wearing a beige cardigan to a frat party, like a librarian. I called myself ”big mama” because I knew I’d be the oldest one there. I made silly faces, let my guard down and drank liquor too fast, not factoring in that my tolerance had significantly lowered since college. The next thing I remembered, I was in a gurney in a hallway. I had dried blood and bandages on the backs of my hands and elbow.

“The deputy explained to me that I had been assaulted and, for now, I should go back home and try my best to move forward with my life. Sometimes I think, if I hadn’t gone, then none of this would have ever happened, but then I realized it would have happened — just to somebody else.”

Ninety-seven thousand: that number is astronomical and it doesn’t even account for the other terrible outcomes associated with binge drinking. Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug, and there’s a terrible misconception that because it’s legal and can be bought at the grocery store or gas station, it’s probably safer than illegal drugs with more dangerous reputations. But because it is such a normalized part of our culture and can be found everywhere from sporting events to family barbecues, drinking, especially in excess, can get out of hand quickly, particularly when people are drinking specifically to get drunk. Most people, especially those that don’t have much experience drinking themselves, have a lot of preconceived ideas about the effects of alcohol. It may make them more social, energetic, flirty, or able to have more fun, but here’s where our brain and what we think we know gets tricky.

Decades of research have shown that people in a bar setting routinely get drunk by drinking nonalcoholic beverages if they believe they’re drinking alcohol. They will exhibit all the mental and physical aspects associated with drinking without realizing that about 90% of the positive effects they’re experiencing are their own mental creations. “I can feel when we were drinking.” “Um, like, I was having fun.” You said you were drinking, right? “Um, yeah. So that’s surprising.” Most people have an idea that alcohol makes you more social, more fun, the life of the party, and some people only drink it to feel this way. But the arousing, positive, prosocial effects are all placebos rather than legitimate pharmacological ones.

By the time you’re 18, you’re exposed to half a million social media posts and ads about alcohol. Advertising and commercials, especially those by companies selling liquor or beer, paint a picture that life is a party when you drink. We always see good-looking people being social, energetic, flirty. These ads constantly serve to convince people that alcohol influences their behavior in positive ways. When people were asked how they think someone feels after a few drinks, they typically say happy, outgoing, sleepy, sick or angry. But how could the same substance make people feel all these different ways? Well, it doesn’t. These are mental perceptions about a reaction to alcohol.

Alcohol is a depressant. It slows things down, can make you sleepy, dizzy, and sick, but it doesn’t control how much fun you’re having. Liquid courage is just an excuse. When it comes to how you feel after a few beers or that last shot, it’s your thinking, not the drinking, but this doesn’t just apply to alcohol. In the last 20 years, the proportion of college students using prescription drugs went up dramatically. Use of opioid painkillers such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Percocet increased by 343% and use of stimulant drugs increased by 93%. Though many people are legally prescribed stimulants like Adderall or Vyvanse to help ADHD or other focus related conditions, abuse of these substances (often called “study drugs”) is rampant.

Alright everyone, hopefully you can hear and see me okay. I hope you enjoyed the first half of the video. As you can see, we are using real world testimonies of students that unfortunately experimented too much. They didn’t know what to do. So, I have a few questions for you guys.

The first one traces back to the beginning. Tim Piazza. He was the fraternity brother at Penn State. What should have happened when he first fell? If you know the answer, please shoot it in the chat and we would love to highlight you. Great. Juliet said someone should have called 911 right away. Absolutely. Great answer. Anyone else have any other answers? What should have happened when Tim first fell?

Yep. CPR is also a great answer. Absolutely. Unfortunately, the fraternity brothers had no idea what to do. They backpacked him and they felt like if they were going to call the police, call 911, that they were going to get in trouble. Absolutely. Kylie Blakely said Tim’s brother should have notified the authorities. Great answers, and if 911 was called sooner, literally, Tim’s life could have been spared. So these are life-saving decisions that were on those fraternity brothers.

So, if you know someone, a friend or a loved one who may have a drinking or drug issue, what should you do? What is the very first thing you believe you should do? Leave in the comments below. Let’s see. I’ll wait a few more seconds to see if you know someone, a friend or a loved one who may have a drinking or drug problem, what should you do? Okay, here we go. Tell the family of the person who’s struggling with the addiction, great answer. You could talk with them, talk with an adult, try and start a conversation, get them professional help. These are all great answers. Great job, everyone. You should tell the person that you’re concerned and just address the issue gently, but directly. And I do think going to authority figures, even 911 professional help is one of the best solutions as well. 

All right. What should you do if you have a friend or a family member who’s severely under the influence but insists on walking home alone? I firsthand can attest to this. I’ve had college friends that say, “No, I’m good, I’m fine. Let me just walk home alone.” What do you think you should do when they insist on not driving anywhere? They just want to be by themselves. “Call an Uber if you are not nearby.” Great answer. Okay. Yep. “Call a cab or an Uber.” Great. “Drive yourself or call someone they know well so that they can drive them.” These are all great answers. Absolutely. “Uber, Lyft, making sure that you have a designated driver that is sober, and never let anyone go alone regardless if they are intoxicated or sober.” Absolutely. Thank you, Stacy. That was a great answer: even if they are sober, it is so important, especially on college campuses, to make sure that you are walking together. And, “follow them from a safe distance.” Great answer, Ashley.

All right. Now, in the case of binge drinking, how many drinks does it take, to characterize a woman for binge drinking? And how many does it take to characterize for a man? So in binge drinking, it’s different. Great, four for women, five for a man. Great. Awesome. All right, we have a few more questions and we will get back to the rest of the video.

Why do you think alcohol is the most abused drug we saw on the video? There were several different reasons, so there can be different answers to this, but why do you believe alcohol is the most abused? “It’s easy to get.” Awesome. “So accessible.” Great, Layla. “It’s in media, movies, advertising, great for socializing, because it’s legal.” Also a great answer. “Highly advertised and it’s socially acceptable.” Yeah, and it’s easily accessible. Awesome. “Parents have it available.” Great answer as well. 

Yeah, everyone believes that you have to have alcohol to make you happy or social. The host in the video said it makes you energetic and flirty, and so people just believe that this is a substance they have to have to honestly live their best life or be the best version of themselves, which is absolutely not the case. Those are all great answers as well. All right, well, we are going to get going with the second half of the video and we’ll be back for just a few more questions. So, thank you guys for staying interested and tuned in, and awesome answers to all these questions. See you soon.

Amphetamines are stimulant drugs that cause users to feel awake, alert, even euphoric. Legal amphetamines make up the majority of those used. Drugs like Adderall and Vyvanse are commonly prescribed to treat conditions like ADHD and narcolepsy because their stimulant properties wake up the brain and help users to focus. On the street, however, meth or methamphetamine can be cooked and ingested illegally, resulting in a crazed, overstimulated high — what’s often described as “tweaking.” Methamphetamine has led to widespread fame as the focus of the popular TV series “Breaking Bad,” but these stimulants aren’t just on the big screen. Study drugs have been taking over college campuses and high schools for years, getting users hooked to their addictive properties, which has led to anxiety, depression, and even suicide for those who’ve abused them.

Whether it’s using a friend’s prescription or taking one’s own outside of what it’s intended for, (like eating less or staying up to party), a lot of people don’t realize that just because it’s legal, that doesn’t mean it’s safe. While taking too much of any substance can be toxic, more than 2,000 people die each year of alcohol poisoning. Mixing smaller amounts of different drugs, even those that may seem safe, is also a combination for disaster.

This was a kid who was a student, was a friend, was an athlete. Josh Levine was also the Michigan football manager, a brother, and Julie Buckner’s beloved son who died. He was only 22 years old. “He told us that Josh was in the ICU and it was really bad. I took one look at Josh and I knew he was brain dead.” A night out turned tragic, after Julie’s son mixed together a deadly dose of Adderall and alcohol. “It prevents you from feeling as drunk, so you’ll keep drinking and then it will become toxic.” Julie says she never thought this could ever happen to her son, Josh, whom everybody loved and would often go to for help. She now wants to use his story to help others.

When stimulants are combined with alcohol, which we’ve learned is a depressant, they don’t cancel each other out. Instead, the substances compete with each other in your body, which as we saw in Josh’s case, led to an untimely death. Adderall and stimulant drugs like it, including cocaine, serve to dull the symptoms of being drunk, which can lead users to be unaware of how much alcohol they’ve consumed. When combining alcohol with other substances, you can’t even properly judge for yourself or a friend if things are getting out of control until it’s too late, and bad things can happen fast. This is especially true in combining alcohol and depressant drugs. Drinking while taking a Xanax or Klonopin, a bar or a Kaypen, as they’re often called, wreaks catastrophic damage on the body’s central nervous system.

Benzodiazepines, or “benzos”, are meant to reduce anxiety and panic and act like sedatives or tranquilizers in the body. They work by calming the functions of the central nervous system, including heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. While benzos may be used safely when taken as prescribed, commonly abused medications include Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and Ativan. These are particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol, which is also a depressant. Slurred speech, delayed motor functions and severe mental confusion are just a few of many alarming symptoms that can result from abusing downers.

As you just heard, within minutes of ingesting these substances together, users can lose control of their voluntary functions. They might start drooling. Eyes roll back in their head and the ability to walk or stand properly is compromised. At even greater levels, involuntary functions stop happening. Lungs stop working, the heart will slow down to such a rate it stops effectively pumping blood. The brain, it will just shut down. Combining substances for a good time or high may seem like a quick way to have fun, until it’s not.

“My name is Connor Berry. I am 24 years old. My drug of choice was heroin. During college, I pretty much majored and minored in alcohol and cocaine. You know, you start off doing the normal stuff and then you know, your friend is, you know, a bunch of your friends are doing cocaine and you’re like, okay, yeah, let’s, let’s do some, uh, let’s do that, It’s normal. Another one of your friends was like, okay, well, uh, here, take this, it’ll help you be more relaxed, and you start taking Xanax every day because you liked that feeling that it gives you. And then the next thing you know, you’re trying to balance the different drugs that you’re taking. You’re like, ‘Oh, well, I just took like four milligrams of Xanax so I need some cocaine to function.’ ‘Cause otherwise you’re just laying on the couch doing nothing and you know, next thing you know, you’re shooting dope in a gas station bathroom. I didn’t think I had a problem, I was just a kid who did drugs.” 

Unfortunately, Connor’s story isn’t unique. That’s very often how it starts. Most people don’t plan to have a problem, they dabble. Take one Xanax to come down from the Adderall, or try just one pill from the family medicine cabinet. High-powered prescription painkillers called opioids like Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Percocet are widely prescribed and highly addictive.

Pain-relieving opiates are the most addictive group of drugs known to mankind. An opiate is a substance that comes from the poppy plant, which contains the natural chemical opium. These drugs include morphine, codeine, and even heroin. They also have a closely-related counterpart, opioids, that have caused an epidemic-level health crisis in the U.S. with more than 2 million Americans addicted to prescription pain pills or street drugs. While similar, opioids are actually man-made, synthetic drugs that produce opiate-like effects and are generally found in prescription pill bottles. They’re prescribed daily for things from wisdom tooth removal to hip replacements. In 2015, more than one in three Americans had their own legitimate supply.

Opiates and opioid drugs block pain, slow breathing, and have a general calming and antidepressant effect. This happens because the substances target the brain’s reward system by flooding the circuits of dopamine, the chemical in the brain that regulates emotion, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. The United States makes up less than 5% of the world’s population, yet consumes 80% of its prescription painkillers.

In 2015, there were more than 50,000 overdose deaths in the U.S., an average of 91 people every day. As we said, these substances are highly addictive and in recent studies of high school heroin users, more than 75% said that they were experimenting with painkillers before they made the switch. Often people will transition from prescription opioids to heroin because it’s cheaper and easier to obtain than the prescription drugs, which are highly controlled by pharmacies and are not cheap on the street. Where the spiral gets worse is the new wave of heroin, which is being laced with all sorts of different, very powerful substances. There’s virtually no way to know what you’re about to snort, smoke, or inject if it’s a drug obtained outside of the pharmacy. It’s causing thousands to die every day. Fentanyl is a man-made narcotic that has been turning up in heroin supplies across the country. It’s about 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. One small dose can kill someone instantly, but drug dealers have added microscopic amounts to heroin to give their drugs an even more potent high. 

One touch of fentanyl and an Ohio officer found himself overdosing on the drug while making an arrest. “It was just a freak accident that he just accidentally bumped up against something while he was searching his vehicle. For him to drop out like that, it’s shocking. Unbelievable, that freak accident happened in East Liverpool, Ohio near the Ohio/ Pennsylvania state line. It has police departments though, across the country on high alert tonight.” 

Between 2015 and 2016 fentanyl deaths doubled from 10,000 to more than 20,000. It’s adding up to an epidemic that is killing people at a faster rate than the HIV epidemic did at its peak in the 1980s. Even worse, batches of heroin have turned up around the country, laced with a drug called carfentanil, the most potent opioid in the world, which is used to tranquilize elephants, and it’s completely lethal for human consumption.

So that was a lot. But what should you take away from this? You never know what you’re going to get. Dependency happens quickly, and particularly in relation to prescription painkillers. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s safe. In fact, it’s that false sense of security that because they’re given by a doctor and it can be picked up in a drive-through window, that you’ll be okay to take a few to get high. In reality, these frequently are the gateway to the most deadly drugs in the world.

“I’ve about died six times and was brought to life from the Narcan. And I remember the first time I died and my boyfriend was actually filming me. I don’t know exactly what he was trying to do, but he was filming me and, um, he brought me back, and right after that he went and did a shot and it was just kind of like out, like, you know, I just almost died and I was done at that point, but because I was around someone else that was still doing it, that’s where it just keeps going.”

While many individuals will drink without developing a dependency issue or safely take prescription drugs, every person’s brain reacts differently to the same substance. Addiction is a brain disease and one in seven Americans will struggle with the issue at some point in their lives. At least 50% of the time an individual’s likelihood of developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol is linked to genetic factors. Meaning that those whose parents have struggled with substance abuse at some point are eight times more likely to develop a problem themselves. Given the stigma surrounding these conditions, many people don’t share their family history, so it’s very possible that a friend or acquaintance will have no idea if the person they’ve offered a pill to or forced to take shot after shot might be at a significant risk to develop a problem over time or very quickly.

We want you to be empowered with the knowledge to make responsible decisions and appreciate the responsibility every person has if they find themselves among potentially dangerous substance use. If you see something, say something. Addiction is real and chances are everyone knows someone who struggles. There is help available and seeking treatment or resources for recovery can not only serve to avoid consequences like getting kicked out of school or harming someone else, but could ultimately save a life. To learn more or to seek assistance for yourself or a friend who may be struggling, visit drugrehab.com. We’re here to help.

Awesome. Well, I hope you guys enjoyed the video. As you can see, there’s so much content in there, so many statistics, so much good material to just share with your peers as well, especially when you are in those party scenes, or even just outside in college. It’s so important to share this information with the people around you so that they can be educated and informed on making the best decisions for their lives as well.

So Michaela, thank you so much. We love you. We appreciate all that you do to promote this message. And you’ve been an exceptional ambassador and thank you to the Miss Florida organization. Michaela, how should people follow you on social media? 

Absolutely. You can follow me on Instagram @MissAmericaFL (M-I-S-S America FL) and then on Facebook @Miss Florida Michaela McLean. If you have any other opportunities where we can do a zoom call with you as far as booking a future meeting, then we would absolutely love to get one on the books. You can email [email protected] I’ll put it in the chat for more information and bookings. 

Yeah, absolutely. And so Michaela is more than happy if there’s any teachers that are watching or there’s anybody that you know, or on Facebook seeing this posted, we would love for Michaela to be able to zoom into your virtual classrooms and provide these resources.

You know, we want to be very mindful that while school’s continuing, in summer, we always see an escalation in teens experimenting with things, so let’s be proactive. Let’s get them the education that they need, and let’s do everything we can to help prevent addiction and substance abuse. Thank you everybody. Thank you guys. Thanks so much.

Thank you for watching this video. We hope you enjoyed the presentation.

Objectives and Summary:

The Real Talk sessions are conducted in group assemblies at schools and colleges. Michaela McLean, Miss Florida 2019 and Real Talk’s 2020 primary facilitator, encourages students to share their experiences and ask questions about substance abuse in a supportive, judgment-free environment. Students also learn about healthy habits for their futures and are given the tools to make responsible and potentially life-saving decisions.

Presentation Materials:

Welcome to the Community Education Series hosted by The Recovery Village and Advanced Recovery Systems. About four years ago, we reached out to the Miss Florida organization because we wanted to partner with a group of individuals that were very community-oriented, focused, great role models to take a message that we know is so important across the state of Florida. We had also reached out to the University of Central Florida to help us develop the curriculum, and it started very organically. Our first spokesperson was Courtney Sexton back to back in 2016. She did an exceptional job. Taylor Tyson and Sarah Zang have carried that message and Michaela has just taken it and run with it.

So, obviously with everything going on with COVID, we didn’t want that to slow down the opportunity for her to connect with you and for us to share a really important, invaluable message. I think it was alarming what I heard today. There were so many increased search terms around teen substance abuse. Recently, we’ve been able to see spikes on even our websites and everything. Just because kids aren’t in school doesn’t mean that they’re not accessing things that could potentially be very harmful to themselves. We wanted to be able to have a conversation and give you some very valuable information about what it is you know, what substance abuse looks like, and how to help.

I’m not going to steal any more of McKayla’s thunder, but I wanted to just do a brief intro. I’ll be here throughout the presentation. As I mentioned, as you jump on, please say hi in the chat and keep it going. Then, of course, at the end we’ll be able to answer any questions that you may have. Just put those in the chat and we’ll respond to them at the end.

But I will do a little bit more of a formal intro. So Michaela McLean is Miss Florida 2019. She’s a graduate of the University of Alabama. She has been an exceptional role model, an advocate and an ambassador, not just for Advanced Recovery Systems, but for everything she does with her platform, “Brave and Beautiful”, and then, of course, with the Everglades Foundation. So, I cannot say enough amazing things about you, Michaela. To know you is to love you, and we have been honored to be able to work alongside you this year. So, I’m going to turn it over to you.

Awesome. Well, thank you so much to Miss Alison. Seriously, she has been just an incredible role model for me and to be able to have this partnership with Advanced Recovery Systems. The Miss Florida organization has given me a full-time job and has given me just another platform to be so passionate about as well. If we have not met, my name is Michaela McLean. I’m the current Miss Florida 2019. I am an ambassador on behalf of Real Talk. I’ve been able to travel across the entire state these last 10 months. I’ve been to over 35 to 40 schools, reaching roughly around 4,000 students. And so, mainly I’ve been able to just meet students where they’re at and have an open and honest conversation with them, and that’s what I really want to have with you all today. 

I have just graduated from the University of Alabama, double majored in dance and public relations there. I was involved in a ton of community events. I was a sorority member, and involved in organizations on campus. But I say all those things because I understand firsthand the struggles, the temptations, and the peer pressure that comes with either being a high school or a college student or outside of any kind of educational scene as well, especially in the area of drugs and alcohol. 

As Miss Florida, I’ve been able to be really passionate on another level with this as well, just to show students that you can be informed and you can be educated in this area to know how your body and your brain are going to react. I’m really excited today to bring a hard-hitting presentation, using real-world examples to show you how students fell into that peer pressure trap and experimented with drugs, alcohol. You’ll see how their body’s going to react.

We’re going to go through a video presentation. I’m going to stop halfway through and ask you all just a few questions on what you saw in the first part of the video; then, we’re going to do the second half of the video and I’ll come back with an open Q and A at the end as well. So, I hope you guys enjoy the video and feel free to leave any other further questions in the chat below as well.

“New at 10: struggling to make sense of a school year tragedy. Nine students dead, all tied to drugs.” 

“18-year-old Teslin Russell was found dead in her family’s home on December 30th.” 

“At least two overdose cases in which the victim thought they were taking the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.” 

“The family says police told them that the 19-year-old was intoxicated and walked into a freezer.” 

“Adderall abuse on college campuses.” 

“And the prosecutor in this case has filed 850 charges in the death of Timothy Piazza.” 

Teslin Russell, Kenika Jenkins, Tim Piatsa, they’re just like you, except they’re gone. 19-year-old Timothy Piazza died after falling down the stairs at an alcohol-fueled pledge event at Penn State University in February, known as “The Gauntlet.” Prosecutors say Piazza’s blood alcohol content was as high as 0.364 times the legal limit when he fell around 11:00 PM. At 11:53 prosecutors say one fraternity brother sent a group message to his brothers, quote, “Tim Piazza might actually be a problem, he fell 15 feet down a flight of stairs, hair first. Going to need help.”

They knew that he was in danger. They backpacked him, which is a way of making sure he didn’t roll over. According to prosecutors, within an hour, Piazza tried to stand up and fell head first three separate times into the hardwood floor, iron railing, and the front door.

The next morning, fraternity brothers found Piazza in the basement. Some of them tried to Google things like “What to do with a head injury?” The DA says, the brothers finally called for help almost 12 hours after Piazza first fell. If 911 had been called immediately, as any decent human being would have done, the life of Tim Piazza would have been saved.

It takes just a glance to see the beauty and sparkle in Teslin Russell’s eyes. She was loved by so many people. She had a heart of gold at just 18 years old. She loved people and animals, had a zest for life, a fierce competitor, figure skating since she was six years old. And when she graduated Holy Trinity High School with an 80% average and went off to college for nursing, her parents, Riley and Bob Russell, couldn’t be more proud of the young woman their daughter was becoming. 

On December 30th, after a normal night at home, Teslin’s secret was tragically revealed. “You know, I was shocked, I couldn’t understand why she was dead. There was no trauma, there was no…her body, it’s like she kneeled down and went to sleep, and it didn’t make any sense to me at all.” Senseless because she went from being perfectly healthy to found dead on the family’s bathroom floor. “We were kind of in there saying goodbye to her, and I picked up the purse and I opened it and I said, the police officer was standing right there, and I said, what are these?” They were pills, police would later confirm to be counterfeit Percocet, a painkiller laced with fentanyl, a deadly concoction. “We were a family of five, now we’re a family of four. There’s a big gaping hole in the family and everything we do, there’s one missing.” 

Surveillance video shows Kenika Jenkins walking with friends at the Crowne Plaza hotel early Saturday morning. We see her a few hours later by herself. At one point, she stumbles out of an elevator. Later, she repeatedly hits the wall walking down this hallway. Another camera catches her running into a stairwell and then catching her fall. Video time codes appear to show Kanika roaming the hotel for over an hour. She’s trying to find her way, and no one from the Crowne Plaza hotel responds to her. Rosemont police say 31 people were at the party with Kanika inside the hotel room, booked with a fraudulent credit card. Police say they’re still trying to identify and find 15 of the partygoers. Meanwhile, autopsy and toxicology results have yet to be released.

While Teslin died of an overdose related to prescription drugs, both Tim and Kenika’s lives were tragically cut short as a result of binge drinking, but what does that mean? Binge drinking is characterized by five or more alcoholic drinks for males and four or more for women on the same occasion. Here’s the trouble: among those under 21, 90% of alcohol consumed is in the form of bingeing and those that drink like this are much more likely to drive impaired and have accidents like Tim, who fell headfirst down a flight of stairs. Binge drinking increases your risk for having an unplanned pregnancy and for contracting a sexually-transmitted disease.

The list of negative consequences goes on and on, but alcohol poisoning is an extremely common and dangerous result of binge drinking. Your body can physically only process one unit of alcohol an hour. That’s 12 ounces of beer, five ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled liquor. Drink a lot in a short span of time, and the amount of alcohol in the blood can stop the body from working properly. It works as a poison, slowing down your brain function, affecting your balance and reflexes, and it irritates the stomach to the point of vomiting. It also stops your gag reflex from working properly, which may cause you to choke on your own vomit. 

Alcohol dehydrates the body, which could cause permanent brain damage and lower the body’s temperature and blood sugar, which can lead to hypothermia and seizures. On average, six people will die everyday from alcohol poisoning. More than 1,800 college students will die from alcohol-related injuries, and almost 100,000 will experience alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape every year.

Brock Turner: a former Stanford swimmer convicted of three felonies after attacking an unconscious young woman. I’m going to begin our program today with a gut-wrenching story that has gone viral. A story that we will spend most of this special and highly unusual hour sharing with you. It is a rape victim’s letter to her attacker, and I will warn you now that this is graphic, this is difficult to hear. It is lengthy, but stick with us because it is riveting and it is important. 

“On January 17th, 2015 it was a quiet Saturday night at home. My dad made some dinner and I sat at the table with my younger sister, who was visiting for the weekend. I planned to stay at home by myself while she went to a party with her friends. Then I decided, I had nothing better to do, so why not? There’s a dumb party 10 minutes from my house, I would go dance like a fool and embarrass my younger sister. 

“On the way there, I joked that undergrad guys would have braces. My sister teased me for wearing a beige cardigan to a frat party, like a librarian. I called myself ”big mama” because I knew I’d be the oldest one there. I made silly faces, let my guard down and drank liquor too fast, not factoring in that my tolerance had significantly lowered since college. The next thing I remembered, I was in a gurney in a hallway. I had dried blood and bandages on the backs of my hands and elbow.

“The deputy explained to me that I had been assaulted and, for now, I should go back home and try my best to move forward with my life. Sometimes I think, if I hadn’t gone, then none of this would have ever happened, but then I realized it would have happened — just to somebody else.”

Ninety-seven thousand: that number is astronomical and it doesn’t even account for the other terrible outcomes associated with binge drinking. Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug, and there’s a terrible misconception that because it’s legal and can be bought at the grocery store or gas station, it’s probably safer than illegal drugs with more dangerous reputations. But because it is such a normalized part of our culture and can be found everywhere from sporting events to family barbecues, drinking, especially in excess, can get out of hand quickly, particularly when people are drinking specifically to get drunk. Most people, especially those that don’t have much experience drinking themselves, have a lot of preconceived ideas about the effects of alcohol. It may make them more social, energetic, flirty, or able to have more fun, but here’s where our brain and what we think we know gets tricky.

Decades of research have shown that people in a bar setting routinely get drunk by drinking nonalcoholic beverages if they believe they’re drinking alcohol. They will exhibit all the mental and physical aspects associated with drinking without realizing that about 90% of the positive effects they’re experiencing are their own mental creations. “I can feel when we were drinking.” “Um, like, I was having fun.” You said you were drinking, right? “Um, yeah. So that’s surprising.” Most people have an idea that alcohol makes you more social, more fun, the life of the party, and some people only drink it to feel this way. But the arousing, positive, prosocial effects are all placebos rather than legitimate pharmacological ones.

By the time you’re 18, you’re exposed to half a million social media posts and ads about alcohol. Advertising and commercials, especially those by companies selling liquor or beer, paint a picture that life is a party when you drink. We always see good-looking people being social, energetic, flirty. These ads constantly serve to convince people that alcohol influences their behavior in positive ways. When people were asked how they think someone feels after a few drinks, they typically say happy, outgoing, sleepy, sick or angry. But how could the same substance make people feel all these different ways? Well, it doesn’t. These are mental perceptions about a reaction to alcohol.

Alcohol is a depressant. It slows things down, can make you sleepy, dizzy, and sick, but it doesn’t control how much fun you’re having. Liquid courage is just an excuse. When it comes to how you feel after a few beers or that last shot, it’s your thinking, not the drinking, but this doesn’t just apply to alcohol. In the last 20 years, the proportion of college students using prescription drugs went up dramatically. Use of opioid painkillers such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Percocet increased by 343% and use of stimulant drugs increased by 93%. Though many people are legally prescribed stimulants like Adderall or Vyvanse to help ADHD or other focus related conditions, abuse of these substances (often called “study drugs”) is rampant.

Alright everyone, hopefully you can hear and see me okay. I hope you enjoyed the first half of the video. As you can see, we are using real world testimonies of students that unfortunately experimented too much. They didn’t know what to do. So, I have a few questions for you guys.

The first one traces back to the beginning. Tim Piazza. He was the fraternity brother at Penn State. What should have happened when he first fell? If you know the answer, please shoot it in the chat and we would love to highlight you. Great. Juliet said someone should have called 911 right away. Absolutely. Great answer. Anyone else have any other answers? What should have happened when Tim first fell?

Yep. CPR is also a great answer. Absolutely. Unfortunately, the fraternity brothers had no idea what to do. They backpacked him and they felt like if they were going to call the police, call 911, that they were going to get in trouble. Absolutely. Kylie Blakely said Tim’s brother should have notified the authorities. Great answers, and if 911 was called sooner, literally, Tim’s life could have been spared. So these are life-saving decisions that were on those fraternity brothers.

So, if you know someone, a friend or a loved one who may have a drinking or drug issue, what should you do? What is the very first thing you believe you should do? Leave in the comments below. Let’s see. I’ll wait a few more seconds to see if you know someone, a friend or a loved one who may have a drinking or drug problem, what should you do? Okay, here we go. Tell the family of the person who’s struggling with the addiction, great answer. You could talk with them, talk with an adult, try and start a conversation, get them professional help. These are all great answers. Great job, everyone. You should tell the person that you’re concerned and just address the issue gently, but directly. And I do think going to authority figures, even 911 professional help is one of the best solutions as well. 

All right. What should you do if you have a friend or a family member who’s severely under the influence but insists on walking home alone? I firsthand can attest to this. I’ve had college friends that say, “No, I’m good, I’m fine. Let me just walk home alone.” What do you think you should do when they insist on not driving anywhere? They just want to be by themselves. “Call an Uber if you are not nearby.” Great answer. Okay. Yep. “Call a cab or an Uber.” Great. “Drive yourself or call someone they know well so that they can drive them.” These are all great answers. Absolutely. “Uber, Lyft, making sure that you have a designated driver that is sober, and never let anyone go alone regardless if they are intoxicated or sober.” Absolutely. Thank you, Stacy. That was a great answer: even if they are sober, it is so important, especially on college campuses, to make sure that you are walking together. And, “follow them from a safe distance.” Great answer, Ashley.

All right. Now, in the case of binge drinking, how many drinks does it take, to characterize a woman for binge drinking? And how many does it take to characterize for a man? So in binge drinking, it’s different. Great, four for women, five for a man. Great. Awesome. All right, we have a few more questions and we will get back to the rest of the video.

Why do you think alcohol is the most abused drug we saw on the video? There were several different reasons, so there can be different answers to this, but why do you believe alcohol is the most abused? “It’s easy to get.” Awesome. “So accessible.” Great, Layla. “It’s in media, movies, advertising, great for socializing, because it’s legal.” Also a great answer. “Highly advertised and it’s socially acceptable.” Yeah, and it’s easily accessible. Awesome. “Parents have it available.” Great answer as well. 

Yeah, everyone believes that you have to have alcohol to make you happy or social. The host in the video said it makes you energetic and flirty, and so people just believe that this is a substance they have to have to honestly live their best life or be the best version of themselves, which is absolutely not the case. Those are all great answers as well. All right, well, we are going to get going with the second half of the video and we’ll be back for just a few more questions. So, thank you guys for staying interested and tuned in, and awesome answers to all these questions. See you soon.

Amphetamines are stimulant drugs that cause users to feel awake, alert, even euphoric. Legal amphetamines make up the majority of those used. Drugs like Adderall and Vyvanse are commonly prescribed to treat conditions like ADHD and narcolepsy because their stimulant properties wake up the brain and help users to focus. On the street, however, meth or methamphetamine can be cooked and ingested illegally, resulting in a crazed, overstimulated high — what’s often described as “tweaking.” Methamphetamine has led to widespread fame as the focus of the popular TV series “Breaking Bad,” but these stimulants aren’t just on the big screen. Study drugs have been taking over college campuses and high schools for years, getting users hooked to their addictive properties, which has led to anxiety, depression, and even suicide for those who’ve abused them.

Whether it’s using a friend’s prescription or taking one’s own outside of what it’s intended for, (like eating less or staying up to party), a lot of people don’t realize that just because it’s legal, that doesn’t mean it’s safe. While taking too much of any substance can be toxic, more than 2,000 people die each year of alcohol poisoning. Mixing smaller amounts of different drugs, even those that may seem safe, is also a combination for disaster.

This was a kid who was a student, was a friend, was an athlete. Josh Levine was also the Michigan football manager, a brother, and Julie Buckner’s beloved son who died. He was only 22 years old. “He told us that Josh was in the ICU and it was really bad. I took one look at Josh and I knew he was brain dead.” A night out turned tragic, after Julie’s son mixed together a deadly dose of Adderall and alcohol. “It prevents you from feeling as drunk, so you’ll keep drinking and then it will become toxic.” Julie says she never thought this could ever happen to her son, Josh, whom everybody loved and would often go to for help. She now wants to use his story to help others.

When stimulants are combined with alcohol, which we’ve learned is a depressant, they don’t cancel each other out. Instead, the substances compete with each other in your body, which as we saw in Josh’s case, led to an untimely death. Adderall and stimulant drugs like it, including cocaine, serve to dull the symptoms of being drunk, which can lead users to be unaware of how much alcohol they’ve consumed. When combining alcohol with other substances, you can’t even properly judge for yourself or a friend if things are getting out of control until it’s too late, and bad things can happen fast. This is especially true in combining alcohol and depressant drugs. Drinking while taking a Xanax or Klonopin, a bar or a Kaypen, as they’re often called, wreaks catastrophic damage on the body’s central nervous system.

Benzodiazepines, or “benzos”, are meant to reduce anxiety and panic and act like sedatives or tranquilizers in the body. They work by calming the functions of the central nervous system, including heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. While benzos may be used safely when taken as prescribed, commonly abused medications include Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and Ativan. These are particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol, which is also a depressant. Slurred speech, delayed motor functions and severe mental confusion are just a few of many alarming symptoms that can result from abusing downers.

As you just heard, within minutes of ingesting these substances together, users can lose control of their voluntary functions. They might start drooling. Eyes roll back in their head and the ability to walk or stand properly is compromised. At even greater levels, involuntary functions stop happening. Lungs stop working, the heart will slow down to such a rate it stops effectively pumping blood. The brain, it will just shut down. Combining substances for a good time or high may seem like a quick way to have fun, until it’s not.

“My name is Connor Berry. I am 24 years old. My drug of choice was heroin. During college, I pretty much majored and minored in alcohol and cocaine. You know, you start off doing the normal stuff and then you know, your friend is, you know, a bunch of your friends are doing cocaine and you’re like, okay, yeah, let’s, let’s do some, uh, let’s do that, It’s normal. Another one of your friends was like, okay, well, uh, here, take this, it’ll help you be more relaxed, and you start taking Xanax every day because you liked that feeling that it gives you. And then the next thing you know, you’re trying to balance the different drugs that you’re taking. You’re like, ‘Oh, well, I just took like four milligrams of Xanax so I need some cocaine to function.’ ‘Cause otherwise you’re just laying on the couch doing nothing and you know, next thing you know, you’re shooting dope in a gas station bathroom. I didn’t think I had a problem, I was just a kid who did drugs.” 

Unfortunately, Connor’s story isn’t unique. That’s very often how it starts. Most people don’t plan to have a problem, they dabble. Take one Xanax to come down from the Adderall, or try just one pill from the family medicine cabinet. High-powered prescription painkillers called opioids like Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Percocet are widely prescribed and highly addictive.

Pain-relieving opiates are the most addictive group of drugs known to mankind. An opiate is a substance that comes from the poppy plant, which contains the natural chemical opium. These drugs include morphine, codeine, and even heroin. They also have a closely-related counterpart, opioids, that have caused an epidemic-level health crisis in the U.S. with more than 2 million Americans addicted to prescription pain pills or street drugs. While similar, opioids are actually man-made, synthetic drugs that produce opiate-like effects and are generally found in prescription pill bottles. They’re prescribed daily for things from wisdom tooth removal to hip replacements. In 2015, more than one in three Americans had their own legitimate supply.

Opiates and opioid drugs block pain, slow breathing, and have a general calming and antidepressant effect. This happens because the substances target the brain’s reward system by flooding the circuits of dopamine, the chemical in the brain that regulates emotion, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. The United States makes up less than 5% of the world’s population, yet consumes 80% of its prescription painkillers.

In 2015, there were more than 50,000 overdose deaths in the U.S., an average of 91 people every day. As we said, these substances are highly addictive and in recent studies of high school heroin users, more than 75% said that they were experimenting with painkillers before they made the switch. Often people will transition from prescription opioids to heroin because it’s cheaper and easier to obtain than the prescription drugs, which are highly controlled by pharmacies and are not cheap on the street. Where the spiral gets worse is the new wave of heroin, which is being laced with all sorts of different, very powerful substances. There’s virtually no way to know what you’re about to snort, smoke, or inject if it’s a drug obtained outside of the pharmacy. It’s causing thousands to die every day. Fentanyl is a man-made narcotic that has been turning up in heroin supplies across the country. It’s about 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. One small dose can kill someone instantly, but drug dealers have added microscopic amounts to heroin to give their drugs an even more potent high. 

One touch of fentanyl and an Ohio officer found himself overdosing on the drug while making an arrest. “It was just a freak accident that he just accidentally bumped up against something while he was searching his vehicle. For him to drop out like that, it’s shocking. Unbelievable, that freak accident happened in East Liverpool, Ohio near the Ohio/ Pennsylvania state line. It has police departments though, across the country on high alert tonight.” 

Between 2015 and 2016 fentanyl deaths doubled from 10,000 to more than 20,000. It’s adding up to an epidemic that is killing people at a faster rate than the HIV epidemic did at its peak in the 1980s. Even worse, batches of heroin have turned up around the country, laced with a drug called carfentanil, the most potent opioid in the world, which is used to tranquilize elephants, and it’s completely lethal for human consumption.

So that was a lot. But what should you take away from this? You never know what you’re going to get. Dependency happens quickly, and particularly in relation to prescription painkillers. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s safe. In fact, it’s that false sense of security that because they’re given by a doctor and it can be picked up in a drive-through window, that you’ll be okay to take a few to get high. In reality, these frequently are the gateway to the most deadly drugs in the world.

“I’ve about died six times and was brought to life from the Narcan. And I remember the first time I died and my boyfriend was actually filming me. I don’t know exactly what he was trying to do, but he was filming me and, um, he brought me back, and right after that he went and did a shot and it was just kind of like out, like, you know, I just almost died and I was done at that point, but because I was around someone else that was still doing it, that’s where it just keeps going.”

While many individuals will drink without developing a dependency issue or safely take prescription drugs, every person’s brain reacts differently to the same substance. Addiction is a brain disease and one in seven Americans will struggle with the issue at some point in their lives. At least 50% of the time an individual’s likelihood of developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol is linked to genetic factors. Meaning that those whose parents have struggled with substance abuse at some point are eight times more likely to develop a problem themselves. Given the stigma surrounding these conditions, many people don’t share their family history, so it’s very possible that a friend or acquaintance will have no idea if the person they’ve offered a pill to or forced to take shot after shot might be at a significant risk to develop a problem over time or very quickly.

We want you to be empowered with the knowledge to make responsible decisions and appreciate the responsibility every person has if they find themselves among potentially dangerous substance use. If you see something, say something. Addiction is real and chances are everyone knows someone who struggles. There is help available and seeking treatment or resources for recovery can not only serve to avoid consequences like getting kicked out of school or harming someone else, but could ultimately save a life. To learn more or to seek assistance for yourself or a friend who may be struggling, visit drugrehab.com. We’re here to help.

Awesome. Well, I hope you guys enjoyed the video. As you can see, there’s so much content in there, so many statistics, so much good material to just share with your peers as well, especially when you are in those party scenes, or even just outside in college. It’s so important to share this information with the people around you so that they can be educated and informed on making the best decisions for their lives as well.

So Michaela, thank you so much. We love you. We appreciate all that you do to promote this message. And you’ve been an exceptional ambassador and thank you to the Miss Florida organization. Michaela, how should people follow you on social media? 

Absolutely. You can follow me on Instagram @MissAmericaFL (M-I-S-S America FL) and then on Facebook @Miss Florida Michaela McLean. If you have any other opportunities where we can do a zoom call with you as far as booking a future meeting, then we would absolutely love to get one on the books. You can email [email protected] I’ll put it in the chat for more information and bookings. 

Yeah, absolutely. And so Michaela is more than happy if there’s any teachers that are watching or there’s anybody that you know, or on Facebook seeing this posted, we would love for Michaela to be able to zoom into your virtual classrooms and provide these resources.

You know, we want to be very mindful that while school’s continuing, in summer, we always see an escalation in teens experimenting with things, so let’s be proactive. Let’s get them the education that they need, and let’s do everything we can to help prevent addiction and substance abuse. Thank you everybody. Thank you guys. Thanks so much.

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