Data shows the longer we can delay the age of first use of substances in a child, the less likely the child will suffer with addiction as an adult. In 2018, the foundation will launch the SPORT Marijuana program to prevent cannabis use by promoting risk awareness while building up youth fitness, health and positive self-image. SPORT joins nine other evidence-based programs we provide in Florida, empowering students to combat peer pressure and guiding parents and caregivers in keeping communication open with their children.
The foundation enhanced its education outreach in 2017-18 through its symposia series, including Project C4OPE, a forum series for families in the opioid crisis, as well as the When Lawful Drugs Come to Work seminar, which gave local business leaders insights into workplace laws surrounding the legal use of such drugs as medical marijuana and opiates. A new position, director of education, was created to ensure we reach more populations while working to reduce the stigma surrounding substance use disorders and mental health issues.
Our staff serve on substance abuse task forces and work closely with partner community organizations. In the past several years, the foundation has broadened its partnerships statewide, changing the conversation surrounding substance use disorders, increasing communication between individuals and families, first responders, the legal community, medical personnel, quality treatment providers, government entities and other stakeholders in the substance abuse prevention and treatment space. Hanley Foundation now has enhanced partnerships with substance use disorder coalitions in all 21 counties it serves.
Statistics show that less than 11 percent of those needing treatment receive it. Hanley Foundation is working to remove financial barriers by providing treatment scholarships. The foundation’s new Lifesaver Society’s goal is to raise $1 million each year for its scholarship fund to provide ongoing assistance.
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