Spreading a Drug-Free Message to the Sacramento Community
Raising awareness about drugs to help the community tackle the drug overdose epidemic affecting California.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., November 13, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Concerned Sacramentans joined forces to reach out to kids and educate them on the harmful effects of drugs. Carol’s Books hosted the program at its Del Paso Boulevard store in North Sacramento. Foundation for a Drug-Free World volunteers handed out hundreds of Truth About Drugs booklets, covering the most commonly abused drugs, including alcohol, marijuana and opioids. Also participating was Omni Youth, a group active in drug and alcohol prevention, and the Words of Life performance group, which staged a play on the importance of steering clear of drugs. Refreshments were courtesy of El Pollo Feliz, famous for their BBQ chicken.
Award-winning jazz musician Henry Robinett performed, making it a very special afternoon for hundreds participating in the community effort to counter drug abuse and crime.
Abuse of painkillers is the leading cause of overdose deaths in America according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Of those who misuse these substances, 59.9 percent do so without a prescription, and 40.8 percent obtain prescription opioids from friends or relatives. “This is what makes it so vital to reach people with these Drug-Free World materials,” said a volunteer.
The Church of Scientology and its members support the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, a secular nonprofit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions to live drug-free. The Foundation’s Truth About Drugs campaign is one of the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention initiatives. As shown on a program on the Scientology TV Network, this support makes it possible for the Foundation to provide drug education booklets, videos and educator guides free of charge to teachers, mentors and civic and community leaders.
According to the United Nations Office on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, “Every dollar spent on prevention can save governments up to ten dollars in later costs.”
Categories: Substance Abuse