Each year, about 150,000 accidental drug overdoses occur in teens in the United States, according to teendrugaddiction. com. One local organization continues to work to make sure youth in Macon County are educated about the risks involved in drug use.
Gilliam's Hope is the Franklin Branch of Gilliam's Promise, a drugfree coalition, that was started in Highlands nearly five years ago after Bill and Eleanor Cheney's grandson Gilliam took his own life while battling drug addiction.
Gilliam's Hope allows students to earn money toward a college education. Students participating in Gilliam's Hope are afforded the opportunity to earn $1,000 per year to be placed in an escrow account to be used for college or vocational training expenses upon graduation.