Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler envisions a drug-free Missouri, where children are not taken from their drug-using parents and put into foster care, and employers can fill job openings with candidates who pass drug tests.
Hartzler and her guests spoke to a gym packed with Skyline High School students on Tuesday, April 3.
“A quarter of kids in foster care in Missouri were taken away because their parents are on drugs,” Hartzler said.
About five years ago, she attended a job fair in Lebanon where she learned of employers’ headache filling job openings. Hartzler found the same situation when she talked with military recruiters. Jobs exist, but the workforce is the limiting factor, Hartzler said.
By speaking with high school students, Hartzler wishes to empower students to make their own choices. She displayed numerous pictures of people before and after drug use. All the people looked aged and ragged.
“Pot is bad for your health,” Hartzler said. “Marijuana smoke contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogens than tobacco smoke.”
Marijuana is linked to mental illness, reduces a person’s IQ, and affects a person’s memory and learning, Hartzler said. One out of 10 people who use marijuana are physically addicted to the drug, and four of 10 will become addicted to another drug.
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