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Drug-Free South Reaches Out

Two Tennesseans are responsible for more than 10,000 youth receiving information on the Truth About Drugs.

Nashville, TN, December 05, 2012 --( Anne and Marc Vallieres set out to create a drug-free society when they noticed heavy drug abuse in their own small community of Woodbury. “It was awful, to see so many young people doing meth and cocaine in our community – and we have a very small community. So we knew that we had to do something about it, because we could tell that it must be like this all over the state,” says Anne Vallieres.

So the two set out to create a drug-free Tennessee with the Truth About Drugs program that educates youth from the fourth grade to college age on the dangers of drugs.

Marc Vallieres says, “We had to do something because we are used to seeing the after-effects of how drugs can really mess up a person.” The Vallieres operate the Center for a New Tomorrow, a drug rehabilitation center.

The Vallieres began giving seminars to school children in 2009 and have since visited nearly 30 counties in the state. “The first thing we have to do is reach the children. They are most susceptible to targeting by dealers,” says Vallieres.

There was a benefit concert on Saturday with all proceeds going directly to the program. It was held at the Nashville Church of Scientology, a big supporter of this drug-free program. Humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “The planet has hit a barrier which prevents any widespread social progress—drugs and other biochemical substances. These can put people into a condition which not only prohibits and destroys physical health but which can prevent any stable advancement in mental or spiritual well-being.” The concert had a plethora of talent with local Nashville musicians giving their time and talent to the cause.

For more information about the Truth About Drugs program, visit
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