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City of Sandy fighting porn addiction

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – It was once believed to be a problem that only adults faced, but addiction to pornography is now an issue plaguing our youth. Thursday night a community meeting is being held in Sandy to face the issue head on.
SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – It was once believed to be a problem that only adults faced, but addiction to pornography is now an issue plaguing our youth. Thursday night a community meeting is being held in Sandy to face the issue head on.

It’s hard to believe, but national statistics show the average age for exposure to pornography is just nine years old. To ensure kids know what to do when they are exposed the group Fight the New Drug is talking to teens here in Utah and nationwide.

Executive Director Clay Olsen explained, "A lot of parents think not my kid, those kids maybe, but not my kid and statistically we're finding out that that's just not true, it's not an if it's a when."

It's a message the City of Sandy, and the group Healthy Sandy, want to bring to their families.

Healthy Sandy Spokesperson Nicole Martin said, "When the committee looked at pornography, the potential to be addicting, the anonymous factor, plus its accessibility they felt it fell within the parameters of their mission."

It's not just sandy that's dealing with this problem; it's believed Utah has the highest percentage of paid pornography subscriptions in the u-s.

"We always say if you don't educate them then the industry will and you're not going to like what they teach them,” said Olsen.

What Fight the New Fight is teaching teens is that porn is just as dangerous as hard core drugs.

Olsen explained, "When viewing pornography your brain releases chemicals like dopamine into the reward pathways in your brain and that is the kind of what triggers an addiction."

Thousands of teenagers here in Utah, and across the U.S., have heard that message and have signed on the pledge to become fighters in the battle against the new addiction.

The first community meeting will be held tonight at Jordan High School at 7 pm and the second will be held at Alta High School on March 13 at 7 pm.

For more information on porn addiction log on to: http://www.fightthenewdrug.org/
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