Monday, March 31, 2014

Drug-Free South to Visit Smith County

The Truth About Drugs materials provide teachers, law enforcement and community groups with effective drug education tools.

Drug-Free South (DFS) is making plans to visit Forks River Elementary School in Smith County to continue in its mission to create drug-free zones across Tennessee.  DFS works with youth, educators, parents, community leaders and law enforcement officers to provide drug education to children and teens by working together with the Foundation for a Drug-Free World. DFS uses a series of drug education resources that work—a multimedia program that speaks to the youth of today, informing them of the truth about drugs and empowering them to make their own decisions to live drug-free.

The cornerstone of the program is a series of booklets that provide the facts about the most commonly abused drugs: marijuana, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal meth, inhalants, heroin, LSD, prescription drugs, painkillers, and Ritalin.

Next is a series of 16 award-winning “They Said, They Lied” public service announcements. They are contemporary, high-impact communications aimed directly at youth.

Finally, the core of the Truth About Drugs educational program is a 100-minute documentary, The Truth About Drugs: Real People, Real Stories. The film is a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred presentation told by former users who themselves survived life-shattering addiction.

Drug-Free South has big plans for 2014. “We have done a lot over the past few years for Tennessee but this year we are taking it to the next level,” says Rev. Brian Fesler who coordinates Drug-Free South. To date, Drug-Free South has visited over 30 counties, delivered over 230 seminars on the program, and distributed more than 50,000 booklets to those in need, but Fesler is still not satisfied. “We need to reach every student in Tennessee –all 95 counties.”

This is the first time DFS is visiting Smith County. 

Drug-Free South is dedicated to handling the drug problem in Tennessee, and wants to encourage all educators to visit to schedule a drug education seminar in their school. “2014 is the year to reverse the demand for drugs in Tennessee,” says Fesler.

Parents and teachers can order Truth About Drugs booklets and DVDs free of charge from the website or download the free Truth About Drugs Education Application onto their iPads or iPhones. For more information on the Truth About Drugs program, or to order materials, visit

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