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Drug prevention event’s focus

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 11:33 am

Prevention Awareness Month

Pictured are coalition members (from left) Jeremy Ezell, Mary Ann Meyer-Schuck, Kaye Cowley, Mayor Peggy Bevels, Andy Myrick and Christy Bates. Not pictured is City Mayor John Ed Underwood.

Lincoln County HELP Anti-Drug Coalition would like to invite everyone to participate in the first Annual Prevention Awareness Day on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Lincoln County High School.

There will be booths filled with information and demonstrations for preventing alcohol and drug abuse, teaching traffic safety, fire safety, child safety, etc. There will also be the Prescription Drug Take Back, a car wash and activities for the kids.

Because Lincoln County HELP’s mission is to work for a safe and drug free Lincoln County, the coalition invites any community organization who has a prevention message or prevention program of any kind to set up a booth and be a part of this day.

Agencies will be responsible for supplying their own table and awnings, if needed. For-profit agencies and/or businesses are also invited to set up booths to promote their prevention products and/or messages but will be asked to submit a description of their booth’s activities and information. If the message is determined by the HELP committee to fit the goals the coalition has set for the day, there will be a $50 set-up fee.

“We will be operating the Prescription Drug Take Back while the booths are open to give the community an opportunity to drop off their unused, unwanted or expired medications, and at the same time, learn some new information that could prevent the need for future medications,” said Kaye Cowley with Lincoln County HELP Anti-Drug Coalition.

Many local and state agencies have already started making plans for this event. Among those participating are the Lincoln County Health Facilities, Coordinated School Health, Child Development Center, Lincoln County Family Resource Center, Fayetteville Fire Department, Lincoln County and Tennessee Regional Health Department, Health Connect, United Health Care and many more.

There will be lots of activities and demonstrations for adults and kids. There will be safe driving demonstrations to make everyone aware of the dangers of texting while driving and impaired driving, the benefits of wearing a seat belt, as well as a moon bounce and the Fayetteville Fire Department’s mini fire truck for the kids.

All activities are free. Hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

The event is sponsored by Lincoln County HELP Anti-Drug Coalition, Carter’s Drug Stores and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. For more information, please call Kaye Cowley at 433-6050.