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(WMC-TV) - St. Benedict at Auburndale High School students were taught a lesson Wednesday they will never forget.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich took time to visit the school and show a film warning students of the growing synthetic and prescription drug problem.

Freddy Bristol is one of the first drug abusers seen in the district attorney's film. St. Benedict at Auburndale students were shocked to see how high Bristol got when he abused bath salts.

"Yeah, it's an eye opener, definitely," said 10th grader Alex Heath.

The film is called "Deceptive Danger."

"Prescription drug abuse is one of the top killers of our young people today and synthetic drugs are packaged for our children, made to be attractive to our children," said Weirich.

In the past two years, Weirich and other Tennessee district attorney's have spoken to thousands of students about the growing number of people caught up in a life of synthetic and prescription drug use.

Weirich also shared the film with students' parents, who were shocked to learn that dealers are now packaging synthetic drugs packaged to look attractive to kids.

Weirich says she, as well as other district attorney's around the state, are cracking down on dealers and turning up the heat on abusers. The goal is intervention and prevention of a problem that threatens the community.

If you would like to see the anti-drug film "Deceptive Danger" or find out more about Amy Weirich's message, click here: http://scdag.com/prosecutingcriminals/specialprosecution/gangnarcotics 

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