SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Springfield-based nonprofit organization, Safe and Sober, is launching a new drug prevention program to educate Missouri students of the dangers of drugs.
A press release says the program launch date was meant to coincide with Red Ribbon Week, a national drug, alcohol, and tobacco prevention awareness campaign, that runs from the 23rd thru the 31st of October.
The program focuses on the negative consequences associated with illegal drug use, drugged driving, and the misuse of prescription drugs.
“We recognize the ever-changing pressures youth are under,” says Safe and Sober founder, Kurt Larson.
“In the last 12 years, we have developed a pipeline for getting critical information to schools across our state, due to the popularity of our alcohol prevention program. We will now use that network to deliver education about the implications of drug use, and we will do everything in our power to fight the pipeline of drugs infiltrating our communities.”
The release also says that according to a 2015 Springfield Focus Report, “prescription drug abuse by students at school has exceeded alcohol use by those same students.”
Safe and Sober is free to the Missouri middle and high schools which can be found on their website.
Schools that register for the program will receive educational lessons and discussion guides in accompaniment with a supplemental video. Many schools have chosen to air the video during Red Ribbon Week but it will be available to school throughout the school year.
The program, which launched five days ago, has already signed on more than 100 individuals.
The first local school to participate will be Springfield Catholic High School on Wednesday, October 26th.
Apr 03, 2017 0