Drugs are a problem in all communities. According to the UN, an estimated 210 million people internationally consume illegal drugs. This is why a group in Tennessee has taken it upon themselves to educate children across the Southern United States on the subject, and thereby create a drug-free South.
Drug-Free South is the name of the local chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World. Its volunteers have been educating students in and around Tennessee since 2009. So far, the group has visited 30 counties across the state, enlightening over 15,000 kids and adults, and distributing more than 50,000 booklets. Anne Vallieres coordinates the local chapter, and has no intention of stopping until each child has the truth. She says, “It is so important that we reach these young people. They so need the truth before they get caught up in drugs.”
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 drugfreeworld.org, “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.”
Drug-Free South 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 drug 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.
For more information or to receive a copy of the booklet, visit www.drugfreesouth.org.