"2022 Drug Store"

“Drug Store” Returns to Ponca City

An arrest on drug charges, a court appearance and sentencing, a counseling session, a drug overdose resulting in a fatal trip to the emergency room, followed by a sad funeral for the latest young casualty in the "war on drugs". This is a series of events that every family prays they will never have to face. It is also a list of scenes students will see at "Drug Store 2022". The program is an interactive educational drama utilizing community professionals to dramatically re-create scenes based on true life drug abuse. The players in this drama will be made up of Police Officers, Lawyers, Judges, Counselors, Firemen, Medical Personnel and Ministers who are all too often forced to play out the same scenes in real life.

“Unlike most performances, entertaining the audience is not the goal of Drug Store 2022”, says Brian Hermanson, Kay/Noble County District Attorney.  "Our intent is to take area students on a journey which will teach them the deadly truth about drug abuse. I see first-hand the affects from drug use in our communities.”

Drug Store 2022 is scheduled to take place at Connect Church on March 21st through March 25th during regular school hours. The program will be presented to 1700 students in grades 5th, 6th and 7th from Ponca City Public Schools and Public schools in surrounding communities as well as private schools in Ponca City.

Drug Store committee includes, Brian Hermanson, Kay/Noble County District Attorney's Office, Rob Davis, Kay/Noble County District Attorney's Office,  Ben Garrison, PC Police Dept., Steve Kelley, Kay County Sheriff Dept., Sean Grigsba, Kay County Sheriff Dept., Lynn Robinson, Northern Oklahoma Youth Service, Jennifer Dye, Ponca City Schools, Jenny Creech and Sarah Davis, Healthy Living Program, Randy Empting, Ponca City Schools, Mark Busch, Connect Church, UW Board Member, Fae Rabb, Pioneer Technology Center, Bryanna Lewis, First National Bank of Ok., Krista Urioste and Tara Goldman, United Way.

If you would like to volunteer or help support this program, please contact Tara Goldman or Krista Urioste at 765-2476.