The Foundation for a Drug-Free South, recently invited to give lectures at Middle Tennessee State University, says “we never give up on kids, no matter their age.”
Online PR News – 16-October-2012 – Nashville, TN – According to kidshealth.org, the best time to reach kids with drug education is between the ages of 8 – 12 years old. The reason behind this is that they are old enough to understand, but young enough to have (hopefully) not yet been exposed to drugs.
Marc and Anne Vallieres of the Foundation for a Drug-Free South agree this is the ideal time to educate kids on drugs, but refuse to give up the fight for teenagers and young adults. “Most of the seminars we do to educate kids on drugs is for 4th-6th grade students, but we have found that we can get through to high school students and also those already in a university,” says Marc.
It is commonly believed that students in high school and university have already made a decision about drugs. Marc says, “Yes, sometimes there are kids in the class who are harder to reach but even just being able to get through to one student makes it all worthwhile, and we have had incredible success in reaching students and helping them to decide for themselves to be drug-free.”
Anne and Marc deliver seminars on the Truth About Drugs based on curriculum supplied by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World. This curriculum is centered on the booklet The Truth About Drugs which details short and long term effects of drugs, common street names and myths that a drug dealer might use to make a sale. The curriculum includes a video documentary of former drug users talking about their own experience with drugs, which is a powerful tool for kids to hear real-life examples of what drugs can do to a person.
The Vallieres are happy to visit any school, club or group to give a lecture on the truth about drugs. For more information, visit the website drugfreesouth.org.