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NAPERVILLE, Ill. (CBS) — A documentary from a Naperville teen takes a blunt look at drug use in her high school.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports, after four overdose deaths in one year at Neuqua Valley High School, senior Kelly McCutcheon decided to get students to talk honestly about their drug use on camera.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports

It took a lot of coaxing, but after three months, she was able to get 25 students to share their stories, the Aurora Beacon-News reported. Some gave their names, while others contributed anonymously.

McCutcheon tells the Beacon-News her project is not an anti-drug video, but “reality.”

She tells the newspaper that Megan Miller, a Neuqua Valley senior who died of a heroin overdose in February, was one of her personal friends.

McCutcheon plans to study cinematography next year at Columbia College.

The film, “Neuqua on Drugs,” premieres on Wednesday of next week at the 95th Street Library in Naperville.