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Narconon Suncoast Teaches The Truth About Drugs To Local Hillsborough Children

drug educationHillsborough County, FL , April 24th, 2016 – Narconon Suncoast staff met with a group of foster children in Hillsborough County to educate them on the truth about drugs, goal setting and how to attain happiness in life. The children received educational materials detailing the dangers of drug use and participated in an interactive presentation on what drugs are and how they affect the body and mind. The presentation created a lively discussion about the use of drugs to solve problems in life and what it takes to confront the daily issues faced by teens. The youth were intrigued by the amount of inaccurate information they had, specifically about marijuana.

In the past twenty years drug and alcohol addiction has had a dramatic effect on the foster care system. More children now than ever are entering into the foster care system either because their birth parents were addicts, resulting in their placement outside of the home. Also, there is a recent disturbing trend of foster care children who are using drugs and becoming addicted despite the reason for their being in foster care being substance abuse. During a recent survey 56% of surveyed foster children reported using illicit narcotics. Most of these foster children continue their drug use after they “age out” of the system, halting their education and hindering their chances of finding jobs. This essentially leads to a rise in homelessness and criminality, filling our jails and institutions with individuals whose addictions could have been prevented (http://sparkaction.org/content/impact-substance-abuse-foster-care).

Narconon Suncoast is a non-profit drug and alcohol rehabilitation and education center licensed by the state of Florida. Narconon Suncoast was founded in 2008 and recently relocated to a lush, 7-acre property in Clearwater, FL.

If you or someone you know is struggling with drugs or alcohol and would like more information please visit www.narconon-suncoast.org or call 888-968-2124.

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