Drug-Free South will participate in National Night Out Against Crime by distributing the Truth About Drugs booklets.
Stopping crime before it starts: that is the idea behind a series of block parties that are planned for August 5th throughout Nashville as part of National Night Out.
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back, according to natw.org.
This year will mark the 30th annual event held to combat drug use and prevent crime. This is the 5th year that Drug-Free South will participate in the Nashville festivities.
In the Edgehill neighborhood, groups will be coming together for food, dancing, information booths and a crime forum to help promote a safer neighborhood.
Drug-Free South representatives say they want to reach more people this year. “We want to give a booklet to everyone we see at the Night Out celebration,” says Anne Vallieres. She said at least 1,900 booklets were distributed at the NNO events last year, and Vallieres is anxious to beat that number this year. “It is important to get this booklet into many people’s hands so we can prevent drug abuse at all levels.”
For more information on National Night Out, visit natw.org. For more information on Drug-Free South or to order a Truth About Drugs booklet, visit drugfreesouth.org.