Drug Free Tennessee Helping Kids Understand the Truth
Drug-Free Tennessee, the local chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, has been helping students across the state to learn the harmful effects of drugs before they are lured into taking them.
With drug-related crimes being a weekly occurrence, Drug-Free Tennessee (DFT) is working out ways to combat usage rates by spreading truth. "We need to spread a positive drug-free message and educate as many people as possible and as fast as possible," says Brian Fesler, regional coordinator for Drug-Free Tennessee.
Volunteers have been out in the community, handing out information and giving talks to students in schools. "It works with anyone of any race or creed, as drugs don’t discriminate," according to Fesler.
Recently, the group visited schools in Davidson and Rutherford Counties where they delivered talks to students, showed educational videos and gave out the Truth About Drugs booklets.
DFT is the local chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World (FDFW), an international organization based in Los Angeles, and has as its mission to educate people about the dangerous effects of drugs so they understand and can make informed choices on the subject. At the heart of the campaign are the Truth About Drugs booklets, 13 fact-filled booklets that, without scare tactics, inform about drugs, empowering young people to make their own decisions to live drug-free.
Fesler says, "There is a need in our communities to educate everyone on drugs—drugs impact all our lives in one way or another. That’s why it is important for all of us to work together to end this epidemic." For more information on Drug-Free Tennessee, visit drugfreetn.org.
by: Arlo Dixon