Friday, May 20, 2011

Raising Drug Awareness on World Health Day 2011

Drug-Free World South West England distributes hundreds of Truth About Drugs booklets to help prevent drug abuse in Plymouth, Devon

Plymouth, Devon - On World Health Day, volunteers from the ‘Truth about Drugs’ campaign distributed 800 factual booklets on the truth about the effects of certain drugs in Plymouth city centre. The aim of the campaign, which is sponsored by the Church of Scientology and others, is to educate people about the effects of drugs so that they can make informed choices about their own health and well-being.

Recent surveys in Plymouth found that many people have concerns about drug and alcohol mis-use in the area and the anti-social behaviour that can come from this. The booklets were well received by members of the public and feedback showed that many people know somebody who is taking drugs or mis-using alcohol. One young man who was given a booklet said that he couldn’t wait to relay the information to his friend who was currently undergoing a rehabilitation programme. He felt this would be vital in preventing a relapse. Someone else who took a booklet was involved in drug rehabilitation and requested more information and booklets so he could help by educating others.

It was very clear that many people want to help solve drug and alcohol problems and to prevent others from falling into the trap that drugs create. More such events will be held in different areas of Plymouth and the South West to raise awareness and to help address these problems.

"Drug and alcohol use and abuse is such a problem that we always get a very positive response when distributing our drug education booklets. We are doing this regularly, so if anyone wants to help they can contact me c/o," says Lisa Coffey, Drug-Free World Coordinator South West England.

About Foundation for a Drug-Free World

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a non-profit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free. Through a worldwide network of volunteers, 56 million educational handouts have been distributed, tens of thousands of drug awareness events have been held in some 120 countries and Truth About Drugs public service announcements have been aired on 275 television stations. These materials and activities have helped people around the world learn about the destructive side effects of drugs and thereby make the decision for themselves to not use them.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Coffey
Drug-Free World Coordinator South West England

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