Students and faculty at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas were in attendance Tuesday night for Speak Up – Speak Out, an illicit prescription drug awareness program presented on college campuses by the William Christian Doerhoff Memorial Foundation. The mostly subdued audience listened intently as Arkansas Drug Director, Kirk Lane shared Will Doerhoff’s tragedy. “ Will Doerhoff looked just like you when he started to college but in only 4 months of drug use, he was dead” said Lane. "We’re here tonight to tell you how to save a friend." Andy Agar, another father who lost his son to drug overdose at the University of Arkansas opened up the program with Director Lane and shared Jake Agar’s story. “ Jake was a great kid, an athlete. He could do anything he wanted but he went down that road and gambled one time too many and it cost him his life” said Agar. “We want to know what questions you have so we can help you help yourself or help someone you might know who needs help” Agar added.
Jimmy McGill, of the Exodus Life Project joined the speaking panel and shared his own story of a life of addiction and recovery. “ I have been incarcerated because of drugs and I have been in recovery because of support. It takes someone who has felt the pain of addiction to help another in recovery but the one thing I can assure you is that silence about drug issues - will kill ! ”
Students from the Kappa Sigma and Sigma Tau Gamma fraternities along with Greek Life organizers, spoke out. “ We are here tonight because we want to learn what to do to spread awareness on campus. We know there are drugs on our campus and we want to spread the message.” Scott Doerhoff, Executive Director told the students “ I am so proud of you young men for showing up tonight and being leaders and as a father who lost his son, just know, there is a parent out there that would consider you a hero for speaking up to help another student.”