Saturday, July 20, 2013

Drug-Free South to Present at Crime Forum for National Night Out

Drug-Free South, a chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, has been educating students on the harmful effects of drugs for years. Now they will be presenting their program during a Crime Forum for National Night Out.

National Night Out Against Crime is August 6th, and this year Drug-Free South will speak at a forum regarding how drugs relate to crime. National Night Out is an event that was created by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs including neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, businesses, civic groups, and individuals, devoted to safer communities.

Drug-Free South (DFS) has been educating students in and around Tennessee since 2009 and in just that time, the group has enlightened over 15,000 students across 30 counties.

Brian Fesler, who coordinates DFS, says, “We participate in National Night Out Against Crime each year because drugs lead to crime.  It’s just that simple. And the way out is education.”

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free.  According to, “no one, especially a young person, likes to be lectured about what he or she can or cannot do. Thus, we provide the facts that empower youth to choose not to take drugs in the first place.”

The organization provides a “Truth About Drugs” booklet, an informational pamphlet that details short- and long-term effects of drugs, common street names and myths that a dealer might use to make a sale.  The Foundation offers educational materials free of charge to educators and anyone who wants to learn more about drugs.

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