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Narconon Suncoast Delivers Drug Abuse Prevention Message at the Great American Teach-In

On November 15th, Narconon Suncoast Drug Educators joined parents, grandparents and community members to share their work, hobbies and life experiences with students in Pinellas County.  Narconon joined the Great American Teach-In, a national program which brings thousands of volunteers to local schools to share their interests and expertise.

For Narconon staff members, the topic was drug awareness and prevention for over 350 county middle schoolers.  The interactive Narconon curriculum covered topics from alcohol and prescription drug abuse to the latest update on synthetic drugs, which are more easily accessible than ever to children in Pinellas County.   “Kids are curious about every drug and get so much inaccurate information from friends and the internet,” said one 7th grade teacher.  “It was good to have experienced speakers who understand addiction and know the truth, not the glamorous images that movies and music like to portray.”

Mike Hoy of Narconon Suncoast has participated in the Teach-In for 5 years and said that his respect for teachers and administrators increases each year. “Hat’s off to our teachers.  Most of the kids are really great, but from their questions, we often see which kids have already started experimenting with alcohol and pot and how it’s affecting their thinking.  Getting them the true facts on drugs will really help them make better decisions and stay away from the gateway drugs.”

drug-abuse-message-nov2015Another Narconon speaker, Michael Buckley reminded kids they had the power to choose to stay away from drugs and alcohol and live sober lives. Buckley delivered a powerful message about the harmful effects of marijuana and synthetic drugs.   “Nationally we have seen the perception of marijuana use risks decrease as kids hear positive things about the medical and legalization issues.   The media isn’t reminding kids of the dangers, so parents and prevention groups need to constantly reinforce the harmful realities of drug use.”

As a community service, Narconon Suncoast provides workshops for parents, drug-free workplace seminars and prevention booklets on drug and alcohol abuse.  For more information on helping a loved one suffering from addiction or to set up drug prevention presentations call (877) 841-5509.
Narconon Suncoast is now located on seven and a half tropical acres in sunny Clearwater, Florida.  The newly opened state-of- the- art residential center is fully licensed as a residential treatment center by the Florida Department of Children and Families and accepts those who are ready to leave their lives of addiction behind and build drug-free lives.  For admissions information call (877) 841-5509.  All calls are confidential.

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