posted Oct 4, 2016, 4:52 PM by Kevin Hatch
updated Oct 4, 2016, 4:53 PM
From Family Addiction and Overdose to D.A.R.E. Officer
Katie Prawitt’s Inspiring Personal Story
“I remember standing in front of Ms. Kinsey’s 5th grade class and reciting my D.A.R.E. essay. At home, it felt easy to speak of addiction. In front of my class, I felt vulnerable explaining to my friends that what we were learning in D.A.R.E. is what I experienced every day. I couldn’t finish reading my essay through my tears.”
Growing up, I was surrounded by addiction. My dad, especially, struggled with an alcohol addiction. My cousin, Marshall, overdosed on cocaine and Xanax. And, my older brother also became a victim to addiction to drugs and alcohol. I again and again witnessed how evil and controlling addiction can be in someone's life.
The D.A.R.E. Program was the most memorable experience from my childhood, and the one that has helped shape the way I make decisions – especially my decision to stay drug-free and my career path to become a police officer and D.A.R.E. instructor….