Mom shares her message of substance abuse prevention

WOODSTOCK–Laura Hadden shared her message of prevention of substance abuse with a gymnasium full of students and parents at Central High School on Wednesday evening during a back-to-school open house.

Hadden spoke of her son, Brandon, who passed away last year due to substance abuse. She recounted the events in her son’s life that lead to his death through drug addiction and used a photo slideshow of her son’s short life to showcase her point.

At the end of her presentation she asked, “Now that you’ve heard the story, do any of you want to be an addict?”

Pamphlets were given out at the conclusion of the presentation to help students stay clear of drugs as well as where to turn to for help.

“We need to work together,” Hadden said.

Hadden added that “prevention is the key” and that her goal is “getting kids to realize what can happen.”

Shenny Loiselle, of Fort Valley, said, “I had a friend who recently died and it really hit home for me.”

“It’s good to get people aware,” Loiselle added.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or


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