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By David Martin

Seeking to steer them straight


David Martin

Michael DeLeon holds a vape cartridge during his discussion with Green River High School Students Thursday. DeLeon spoke with students about youth addiction and how vaping is hazardous in ways that are not fully understood.

When you hear Michael DeLeon talk about his life, it's hard to imagine how he survived as long as he has.

DeLeon came to Green River Thursday through Mrs. Wyoming American, Bree McMullan, a Green River resident who found out about his school discussions through a pageant competition in Las Vegas. With support of Sweetwater County School District No. 2 and Victoria's Voice, a foundation aimed at curbing youth addiction, DeLeon spoke to teens and parents throughout the day.

For DeLeon, addiction started young. Starting with alcohol, tobacco and marijuana at 11, he started using cocaine at 15,...

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