Josh Daniel and Daniel Newkirk are inmates at the Boyle County Detention Center in Danville, KY . They are both participating in the Substance Abuse Program, speaking to teens about the effects of drugs as part of the Truth Tour.
What Are “Truth Tours” All About?
This is a new prison community program started in the Boyle County Detention Center in partnership with the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office and Boyle County EMS. The aim of this program is to talk about the harms of drug and substance abuse to parents and teens.
Truth Tours will be offered monthly. The Boyle County Detention Center Chief Deputy Brian Wofford says, the tours will be free to teens and parents.
Truth Tour Volunteers
The Truth Tours will also be free to the county’s residents. The volunteers are:
The Truth Tour: Josh Daniel’s Drugs-to-Prisons Story
Josh Daniel is from a stable family. He lived with both his parents who are college educated. They live in Kentucky. He has a wife and kids.
The prisoner smoked marijuana for the first time when he was 18. He went to college for one year, then dropped out. Then, he got a job at a company that built water tanks. The pay was really good.
This is not always something good for a young person inexperienced with handling money.
Josh broke his collar bone and dislocated his shoulder while he was working. The doctors put him on prescription drugs to take care of the pain. This was his first encounter with drugs. The door to drugs was opened and all fear he once had about them varnished.
The Truth is, Josh Daniel was normalized, because most people he worked with were into these pain pills too. Soon his prescription ran out and he had to do the unthinkable.
He started to buy drugs from people he worked with to get his fix. He was hooked on prescription drugs.
From Prescription Drugs and On to Heroin
His job kept moving. Nobody on his crew was from Kentucky. And, his parents did not have the slightest idea that he was a drug addict. One year into his addiction, he returned to Lincoln County. It was not easy for him to find the drugs there.
This is when he experienced his first withdrawal symptoms. It was a foreign unpleasant feeling to him. All he wanted was to fix it so the feeling to go away.
He ran into a high school friend who introduced him to heroin. The friend was addicted to opiates. He was reluctant at first to use heroin. But, after one taste he became addicted.
Josh got a DUI 6 months later that landed him in jail for the first time. Six months after this, he was charged with heroin possession and sentenced to 3 years’ probation. His secret slowly began to come out and his family started knowing that he was addicted to drugs.
Daniel tells parents not to trust their children no matter what. They should always know what their children are doing. And, that is speaking the truth.
The Truth Tour: Daniel Newkirk’s Drugs-to-Prisons Story
Daniel Newkirk is from Louisville, KY. He grew up in a rough neighborhood. His parents introduced him to alcohol and weed at the age of five.
Newkirk had three elder brothers who would also give him alcohol and weed during parties they hosted.
As a teenager, he tried prescription pills that he took out of his mother’s purse. By 15, he was selling drugs to buy new clothes and shoes. He wanted to be the biggest drug dealer. So, he quit school.
Daniel’s parents did not care what he did as long as police did not show up at the house. And, he was no allowed to bring people to the house. This gave him the opportunity to overindulge in drugs.
At 24, Newkirk was arrested. This was his first time going through withdrawals.
The Truth Tour: A Discussion Between Inmates & Teens
Before Josh and Daniel shared their stories, the parents were separated from the teens.
The parents moved to a room with Wofford at the Boyle County Detention Center. The teens went to the Boyle EMS with Capt. Mike Rodgers and Boyle County Sheriff’s K9 Deputies Casey McCoy and Keith Addison.
The inmates and teens talked about myths of drug use and the truth about how dangerous they are. The teens were cautioned about drugs which people deem as safe.
Examples are vapes and marijuana.
You do not know what is in them. Drug dealers may mix the drugs with other drugs to get people hooked on something harder.
The Truth Tour: Inmates & Teens Talk About The Effects of Drugs
Rodgers shared the effects of opioids such as heroin on the body. He says that it affects your respiratory drive. If taken for a long time, breathing stops.
Narcan is used to revive individuals having an overdose. It blocks the effect of the drug.
Addison and McCoy said that most people who use heroin have been addicted to pain meds at some point. They get addicted to the pills. And, once they run out of them they turn to heroin.
They explained how expensive it is to pay the bond and attorney fees if you are found guilty of drug trafficking. You also become a felon, which takes away your freedom to vote and carry a gun.
Drugs make people do silly things. You may start stealing to be able to buy drugs. Other people sell their bodies to get enough money to purchase drugs. Many drug users turn into drug traffickers to be able to support their habit.
The truth is… it just takes one puff to become an addict.
The Truth Tour: Living with Guilt
It hurts Josh Daniel when he is not able to explain to his daughters why he cannot go home. They call the prison every day to ask if their daddy can go back home yet.
Both Josh Daniel and Daniel Newkirk admitted to have been bad influences on their friends. They both lost people they love to drugs. Josh says that is not something you want on your conscious.
Parents interested in enrolling their kids in one of the monthly Truth Tours should contact Chief Deputy Brian Wofford at the Boyle County Detention Center, (859)238-1127, extension 246.