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Foundation for a Drug-Free South Halting Rampant Drug Abuse

Active in drug education and prevention throughout the year, the Foundation for a Drug-Free South participated in the United Nations Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Nashville, TN, July 14, 2012 --( According to this year’s United Nations World Drug Report, drug-abuse kills some 200,000 each year and creates a “heavy financial burden” internationally. In a concerted effort to counter this epidemic, the Foundation for a Drug-Free South organized, sponsored and contributed to drug awareness activities to prevent drug abuse before it begins during the weeks leading up to and during International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was created by the UN General Assembly in December 1987 to encourage all sectors of society to work together to tackle drug abuse and addiction. At a conference in Tennessee, the Foundation made drug education materials available to judges, court administrators, law enforcement officers, social workers, and treatment providers who deal with the backwash of drug abuse in state adult felony drug courts, DUI courts and juvenile drug courts. Brian Fesler who coordinates the Tennessee chapter of the Foundation said, “We are committed to bringing the truth about drugs to light so we can end degradation in society.”

Since last year’s UN Day against Drugs and Illicit Trafficking, the Foundation has distributed some 3.4 million copies of drug education booklets and organized, sponsored and participated in more than 3,000 drug prevention activities in their communities.

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