After seeing the effects on her own life, Charlotte Bricknell is warning others her age about the potentially damaging impact of drug use.
The 20-year-old from Rotherham says she started taking cannabis at the age of 14 before moving on to other drugs such as MCAT.
She is now using her own experiences to educate others about the dangers of substance abuse.
‘I was a total mess when I was on drugs. It was like I was dependant on them,’ explains Charlotte.
‘About two years ago I realised something had to change with me and I needed to get clean.
‘I’m a different person now. My mission is help others avoid making the mistakes I did and realise that drugs are not the answer.’
With the help of Fixers, Charlotte and her team have helped to create a short film.
Personifying drug addiction as a voice of temptation, it shows what can happen if people let it control them.
Watch Charlotte and the group’s film 'The Messenger: Drug Addiction' at the top of this page.
‘I think it’s really good,’ adds Charlotte.
‘It definitely resonated with me because I know that feeling. Quite often we see anti-drugs films, but I haven’t seen any that are as hard-hitting as this one.
‘This is partly to shock the audience, but also show them the reality of what can happen.’
Charlotte plans on sharing the film in youth centres around Rotherham and taking it into local secondary schools.
She adds: ‘We need to get this message out there.
‘I think a campaign like this, coming from someone who has real life experience, is important to engage young people.
‘I want to thank Fixers for giving me the opportunity to share my story and speak about a subject I’m very passionate about.
‘Hopefully, it can help others make the right choices in life and say no to drugs.’
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