Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, Inc. (FBRC) will join with the mayors of Fort Bend County to recognize the month of October as Substance Abuse Prevention Month. FBRC will use the month long campaign to educate the community on the dangers of substance abuse and how to build a drug free community. Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program, will cap off the month with daily prevention programs taking place on school campuses across the county.
Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson, Richmond Mayor Hilmar Moore, Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales and Missouri City Mayor Allen Owens, will enthusiastically rally with Fort Bend Regional Council to proclaim October as Substance Abuse Prevention Month. Also, Mayor Leonard Scarcella will proclaim October 22, 2012 as Substance Abuse Prevention Day in the City of Stafford. These proclamations are an exciting new step towards awareness of the importance of substance abuse prevention.
A proclamation will be signed at each city’s respective city council meetings in September and October. City employees will also be given an opportunity to support FBRC and drug prevention by wearing red and white “Be Drug Free” wrist bands.
“Fort Bend Regional Council is very appreciative of the support from our local Mayors in promoting the importance of substance abuse prevention,” said Lisa Poynor, FBRC Chief Executive Officer.
Experience has shown that many innovative and effective approaches to dealing with adolescent drug and alcohol use begin at the community level. A 2012 Journal of American Medicine Association report shows that 47% of teens in late adolescence report regular alcohol use and 42% report drug use. The median age of onset for both alcohol and drugs is 14 years old.