FALL RIVER — When most people think of drug addiction, they don’t picture a bright, young college student hefting a book bag with track marked arms.

But, addiction doesn’t care about grade point average, history projects or plans for the future.

“It’s everywhere,” said University of Massachusetts Dartmouth nursing student Callie Nunez. “As students we see it more than faculty.”

Nunez, who has a personal stake in helping fight addiction, has started a local chapter of Young People in Recovery at the university and is working to educate people in the neighboring communities of Fall River and New Bedford, as well.

She said drug addiction and abuse is hurting and taking the lives of many young people.

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