Former Drug Addict Teaches Kids About the Dangers of Drugs

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

"I'm on death row. I've been on death row for the last three years, a little over three years. I was convicted of murdering a friend of mine and his girlfriend."

That was Steven Woods, Jr. a few years before he was executed for murdering his two friends

Steven told authorities and family members he didn't remember the day he did it, because he was high on heroin.

Now, recovering drug addict, Steve Woods, Sr. uses his, and his son's, real-life experiences to teach kids to stay off drugs.

"It's not something that comes from a book. This is everyday reality. It's people who've been through problems like I have," recalls Steve Woods, Sr.

Steve is a spokesperson for the "Reach for your Dreams" program that was started by the Warren County Sheriff's Dept. eleven years ago.

"They're really committed to the program. They really believe in the program. They don't do it because they have to do it. They do it because they really want to reach these kids and give them a message of hope," says Cpt. Joe Jakub, who founded the program.

Today, Steve spoke at the Lighthouse Alternative School to share his message.

"Drugs, they just don't hurt you, they hurt everybody around you," he told the class.

"You can really see the intensity in his eyes. It just makes it a lot more real from somebody who has been through it," recalled Isaac Pressgrove, a junior at the Lighthouse Academy.

On October 13, 2011, Steve's son was executed.

And, because of his, and his son's actions, it's a day he'll never forget.

"He took his last breath at 6:22 on that day."

And today, he hopes kids will learn from his mistakes.

The Sheriff's Dept. is looking to make "Reach For Your Dreams" a nationwide program.

For now, speakers are sharing their stories in Kentucky, Ohio and New Jersey.


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