"It destroyed our family. It destroyed him. He was a happy, healthy young man," said Chuck Deprill.
Deprill lost his son, Corey, to a heroin overdose back in 2011. He was only 22.
"Visiting your son in jail... and now that he's dead, going to the cemetery to visit him is not a good thing, not a fun thing," said Deprill.
Federal statistics show drug overdoses are disproportionately affecting younger Pennsylvanians like Corey.
That's why Governor Tom Wolf has awarded thousands of dollars to colleges statewide to prevent and reduce the use of opioids and other drugs among students.
"It's a group of people we often miss with drug and alcohol education because in high school they're a captive audience, it's a little harder to get them once they go off to college," said Lisa Wolff, senior manager for community outreach at the Center for Humanistic Change.
$81,000 of that funding now belongs to Lehigh Carbon Community College.
"We do have students who have experience with this. Either they have taken opioids or they have friends who have perhaps even overdosed from the opioid epidemic," said Brian DeLong, director of counseling and community standards at LCCC.
The money will be used to train public safety officers how to administer naloxone. It will also help create a campus-wide opioid prevention and awareness campaign.
"We are going to schedule multiple workshops for all of our sites to take place, we're looking at some possible town hall meetings," said DeLong.
One of those workshops was held on-campus Thursday afternoon, where Deprill shared his family's story.
"After a few years of being angry, I decided that I did not want to see other families go through what we did," said Deprill.
His personal message is part of a common goal across Pennsylvania, and across the nation--ending the opioid epidemic.
"I think when we're young we think we're going to live forever and certainly we're not going to become addicted. Nobody says 'When I grow up I'm going to be a drug addict' right? And here we have so many people that are caught up with it without even knowing it's happening. So the more educated they are, the better decisions we hope they will make," said Wolff.
LCCCLCCC was one of 13 Pennsylvania colleges and universities to receive a grant.