Bring your own: “A Big Deal” by James Hamilton

Editor’s Note: Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on “All Things New Orleans” and is a biweekly podcast on

This story was told at the winners circle edition on February 26th, 2015 at the Broad Theater. The theme of the evening was “Can of Worms”, and here, James Hamilton recalls how the D.A.R.E program kept him off drugs…until it didn’t.


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