Liver­pool kids to re­ceive award-win­ning drug safety re­source

The Queens County Advance - - COMMUNITY -

Queens County youth will get the facts they need to make in­formed de­ci­sions about al­co­hol, to­bacco and il­licit drugs, thanks to a com­mu­nity safety ini­tia­tive be­ing led by the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 038.

Each stu­dent will re­ceive a copy of Drug Safety: Smart Choices for LIFE, an award-win­ning ed­u­ca­tional re­source pro­duced by Com­mu­nity Safety Net. The re­source in­cludes a 112-page hand­book geared to young peo­ple and ac­cess to on­line safety videos that aug­ment the writ­ten ma­te­ri­als.

A free down­load­able app for smart­phones and tablets is in­cluded, which is cus­tomized to pro­vide lo­cal safety con­tact num­bers, safety tips, videos and other safety in­for­ma­tion. There is also a sec­tion for par­ents.

To off­set the re­source costs, a safety co­or­di­na­tor will be con­tact­ing lo­cal busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions to at­tain sup­port on be­half of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 038. All sup­port­ers will be fea­tured in the front of each safety book as well as in the com­mu­nity’s cus­tomized safety app.

Stud­ies have shown that drug abuse re­sults in tremen­dous costs re­lated to health care and crime. Ed­u­ca­tion is an im­por­tant fac­tor to help pre­vent drug abuse among young peo­ple be­fore it starts.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Larry Wea­gle at 902-354-2807.

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