A drug prevention program in Pike County is in serious jeopardy.
The Pike Reality tour provides a fictional account of a teenager that gets hooked on drugs.
Organizers in Pike County have been putting on the program for more than a decade.
However, less and less parents are choosing to sign up.
Its becoming very frustrating for Jill Gamboni..
"Its just very disturbing to me. "
Trying to recruit parents and children to sign up for the pike reality tour.
"We send 2-thousand forms out to Delaware Valley Students and this year we are reaching out to the Wallenpaupck School District students as well. "
But out of all those forms, only a few dozen are coming back.
"Generally we have 40-50 parents that attend for both tours so something is missing here. There is disconnect. "
Gamboni labels this a huge problem, especially with kids experimenting with drugs at a younger age.
"Kids 8,9,10 years old are doing drugs and not just little drugs, but hard drugs. "
Treatment counselors in the county have also noticed this disturbing trend.
"We are starting to see kids come in as young as eight and we start trying to look at what that exposure is and what that family dynamic is. "
Shannon Wisniewski admits its difficult as a parent to talk to kids about drugs.
"Because alot of parents are like I don't want to bring it up because I don't want them to try it. "
But the reality tour provides the perfect opportunity to have that conversation..
"That this could lead to criminalized behavior, that this could impact jobs going forward, education going forward and can really have a big impact on the rest of their lives. "
And Gamboni refuses to throw in the towel.
"I'm not giving up, not giving up weve had reality tours with less than 3 people participating. "
She plans to continue this fight no matter what.
"I can tell people from my experience that prevention is alot better than dealing with crisis. "
Tour dates are scheduled for April 23rd and May 14th.
Parents can signup on the county website.