The week of Monday, January 26th is 2015 National Drug Facts Week. The Pine Hill Police Department will be joining this national health observance for teens to help shatter myths about drugs. During the week’s activities Ptl. Marino, Ptl. DiGiacomo and SRO Rowello will be spending time teaching D.A.R.E. and Keepin’ It Real at the John Glenn Elementary School, the Dr. Albert Bean Elementary School and the Pine Hill Middle School. D.A.R.E. and Keepin’ It Real are programs that help our Officers proactively take a stand against drugs with students by supplying facts directly to students during each session. The School District’s Guidance Team will also be reading drug facts each morning during announcements with the Pine Hill Police Department to continue the trend and support the nationally observed week.
On Friday, the Philadelphia Police Department, in conjunction with the Pine Hill Police Department and Pine Hill School District’s Guidance Team, will present the program “Heads-Up” to the Pine Hill Middle School. Heads-Up is a program that was introduced several years ago to the Pine Hill Middle School by Sgt. Hogan and has been carried out each year since. The program shows students facts about drugs and the harmful results drugs can cause by using real life events and a powerful slideshow with interactive videos. The success rate with the program has been rated by the students’ positive reaction to the program each year since. Andrea Cass, a freshman at Overbrook High School, participated in viewing the program last year at Pine Hill Middle School she described the program as, “A very clear and moving presentation that made me fully aware of the facts and consequences caused by drugs.” Thomas Dautrechy, also a freshman who saw the presentation the year prior at Pine Hill Middle School, said, “The presentation was moving and quite a way to express the real facts.”
Learn more about the National Drug Facts Week and a variety of drug facts to provide your teen or youth at https://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-facts-week or by asking any of the Pine Hill Police Officers in our Community. To learn more about prevention and addiction awareness, please visit the site of our partners in raising awareness, the Camden County Addiction Awareness Taskforce at http://addictions.camdencounty.com.
As a community, we are constantly battling drug use and addiction. Prevention starts with providing facts to our community’s youth of today and tomorrow. Please join us this week by providing facts to your teen or youth about drugs.