What: More than 200 D.C.-area high school students will interact with top U.S. scientific experts and inspiring guest speakers to help “shatter the myths” about drugs and substance abuse, and pledge to stay drug-free. During the day students will have the opportunity to get their questions answered by leading NIDA scientists, hear about the true danger of substance abuse from parents Veronica and Devin Eckhardt and also participate in poetry slam workshops where they are able to express their own feelings around substance abuse. Fashion retailer H&M will also announce the student winner of the 2014 drug-free T-shirt slogan contest.Where: The House of Sweden, 2900 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.,
When: Thursday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Who: 200 local high school students from DC, VA and MD are participating in the event. Special guest speakers include David Mineta, the Deputy Director for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, and Veronica and Devin Eckhardt, who lost their teenage son in July 2014 to ONE HIT of a so-called ‘legal’ synthetic drug known as spice. Also present: Björn Lyrvall, Swedish Ambassador to the U.S.