Hollywood Actor and Stuntman Tells High Schools Students about the Perils of Meth Use
Yakima, wa - Law enforcement is trying to crackdown on the meth problem in the Yakima Valley with education.
They held a seminar in Toppenish today for high school students and they brought in a Hollywood actor and stuntman to show that even the toughest person can succumb to a drug addiction.
"I thought I was invincible, but the first time I tried meth I was addicted," says Patrick Shining Elk.
He doesn't seem like someone who could have an addiction to meth. Shining Elk has been an actor and stuntman for 15-years with credits that include big box office movies like the "Last Samurai" and "The Rock."
"In the acting and stunt world, the checks are so large. I never new that kind of money."
Shining Elk and other recovering addicts spoke to about 140 students at the Yakama Nation Cultural Center in Toppenish.
"We're seeing more and more people who are addicted to meth," says Eric Larson of the Yakima County Meth Action Team, "It's the third most used drug in our region."
It's an alarming statistic from DSHS that shows just how popular the drug has become among young people.
"I definitely feel like by opening up more this will help a lo of people," says Mariana Ochoa, a high school student who attended the meth seminar.
And what students like her may not realize, they're actually help a recovering addict like Patrick Shining Elk stay clean. He's been able to stay clean now for a year and a half.
"Coming off this stuff. I couldn't handle it with the youth."