The Tennessee chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World distributed information booklets in honor of United Nations Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in downtown Nashville.
According to AOL’s travel news site, “Downtown Nashville, like many downtown areas, is prone to crime. It is home to some of the greatest honky tonks and country music halls in the world. But the mix of tourists, alcohol, and poverty makes it a prime area for crime.” Since June of 2013, there have been more than 800 drug-related crimes within a one-mile radius of lower Broadway.
So to the Tennessee Chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, downtown Nashville seemed like a great place to distribute its educational booklets. Coordinator of the chapter, Rev. Brian Fesler, said, “Everyone can benefit from learning the truth about drugs, because everyone is affected by this drug epidemic – either because they themselves have become a victim to drug abuse or because they know someone who has.”
The Foundation distributed booklets on June 26th, which is known as the United Nation’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The day was created by the UN General Assembly in December 1987 to encourage all sectors of society to work together to tackle drug abuse and addiction.
Rev. Fesler says, “When youth know what they are really getting into, they have a chance to avoid a lot of pain and suffering.” Fesler says it can’t be done in a day and his organization is committed to working continuously to curb the drug epidemic.
The Foundation provides materials on the Truth About Drugs which cover all basic side effects of drugs, common street names, and how to recognize when you are being persuaded by a dealer. To learn more or order booklets, visit drugfreesouth.org.