HOLMEN, WIS. (WXOW) - 90% of those who struggle with addiction start before the age of 18.
That's according to Rise Together, a non-profit that believes communities need a better way to address the things kids are struggling with.
Tuesday, Rise Together was at Holmen High School to talk to students. The focus was on our youth because they say that's where our future is.
The presentation gives students a chance to be heard and know that they aren't alone.
The hope is that the message wasn't over once the assembly ended. Instead, they hop it has just begun.
"They just want to be heard and so by creating a platform and a space for them to know that, they may not make change today, but hopefully when they need this conversation, it will resurface in their life and they'll be able to make that change when needed," said Vice President of Operations for Rise Together, Nadine Machkovech.
On Wednesday night, January 29th, everyone is invited to take part in a larger community discussion. Educators and advocates from Rise Together will be at Onalaska's Stoney Creek Inn to talk about preventing substance abuse in La Crosse County.
The event is free, food will be provided and it starts at 6 pm.
The La Crosse County Prevention Network put the events together with the help of Gundersen Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse Community Foundation, Alliance to HEAL, and Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation.