award recipient Jody Rainey

Pictured, from left, are Kim Huston, BSGAD treasurer; Becky Perkovich, president; award recipient Jody Rainey; and Norma Malek, secretary.

The Blairsville Support Group Against Drugs/ Blairsville Area Reality Tour recently presented an award of recognition to Jody Rainey, principal of Homer-Center High School, for implementing the Reality Tour program into Homer-Center high school’s seventh-grade health curriculum for the fourth year.

Rainey’s dedication to families and students is providing priceless awareness, education and prevention to the Homer City community.

The Reality Tour is a patented drug awareness and prevention program created by Norma Norris, of Butler, that takes participants into the life experiences of a teen struggling with substance use disorder.

The program is designed for families (children 10 years and older).

BSGAD was created in January 2014 by Kathy Kromel and Karen McMillan, whose sons both struggled with substance use disorder. McMillan lost her son, Corey McMillan, to an accidental overdose. The idea was to start a group that would offer support for those touched by substance use disorder as well as to raise awareness and educate families and students of the Blairsville area about the growing opioid epidemic plaguing the country. In the fall of 2014, with the help of the Armstrong Indiana Drug and Alcohol Commission, the group purchased a license for the patented drug prevention program Reality Tour.