As the heroin epidemic continues impact the Erie community, a new program is in the works to raise awareness.
"Drugs are not prejudice,” said Jon Box, CEO of The Box Street Couture. “They will take you, whoever you are, whatever you skin color is."
Box and Joey Evans are fed up with the drug epidemic in the City of Erie.
"The problem is, a lot of people think that this is someone else's problem,” said Box. “That this is not happening to them, until it happens to them."
So the two men are getting ready to launch the #nopetodope Program, which will travel to Erie schools.
“We just really want to bring awareness to the drug epidemic that we're dealing with in our city." said Evans.
The program will feature testimonials from recovering addicts. It will also feature musicians and artists with uplifting messages.
"The goal is to share the experience of recovering addicts, to get people to be more aware of the consequences that it could do not only to you, but to your loved ones, and how it would affect your life and other people’s lives around you. “ said Box.
With 40 drug related deaths already occurring this year, both men say the program is a proactive approach to deadly issue.
"I just feel that if we can get the attention of our youth early, before it becomes an issue in their lives, so when they do, when they are approached with the issue, they'll have a better understanding of what it is that they are dealing with." said Evans.
For more information on the program, visit: www.thebox814.com