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Carmel Valley Middle School students ‘Elect to be drug free’

speaker Sherrie Rubin with her son Aaron Rubin. (Sherrie Rubin)

As Red Ribbon week kicked off at Carmel Valley Middle School, the message was clear from students that they choose to be drug and alcohol free. To help empower kids through education, both Carmel Valley and Pacific Trails Middle schools presented the same assembly to their students. 

Hope2gether Foundation shared the story of Aaron Rubin, a popular athlete from Poway High School, who had it all going for him but could not overcome his addiction to drugs. When he was 23 he overdosed on prescription drugs but somehow survived after almost four weeks in a coma. His mom, Sherrie Rubin, founded Hope2gether in 2009 to help educate the community, and especially kids, about the consequences of drug use. Aaron is a quadriplegic but this doesn’t stop him from engaging with the students during the assembly. He is able to use his fingers to answer yes or no questions and you can tell that he understands. Aaron and Sherrie delivered a powerful message related to the dangers of prescription drugs that are commonly found in medicine cabinets. 

The statistics from the CDC are shocking, 44 people a day die in a prescription drug death. Please protect your family and safely drop off any prescription drugs that you have no use for in your home. The community drop box is located at SDPD Northwestern Division, 12592 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley. For more information and resources, please visit and consider donating to help educate and advocate for change. 

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