On Jan. 23, Galveston County Community Coalition kicked off an educational campaign with a proclamation from Galveston Mayor Lewis Rosen, which declared Jan. 27 through Feb. 2 as National Drug Facts Week in Galveston.
National Drug Facts Week is a weeklong health observance, organized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and for the past four years, our coalition has brought NDFW activities to Galveston County.
Galveston County Community Coalition is a project of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol, a community-based substance abuse prevention organization that provides sustained leadership and support for the Coalition. BACODA has provided comprehensive prevention/intervention services since 1974.
NDFW celebrates the inquisitive minds of teens by giving them a space to ask questions about drugs and to get scientific answers from experts. That week, our coalition brought educational activities to students at La Marque High School and Odyssey Academy. Students signed a drug free pledge, took the Drug Facts IQ Test and had the opportunity to try a hands-on demonstration with an impaired driving simulator, a vehicle that imitates the effects that distraction and impairment from alcohol and other drugs have on a motorist’s driving skills.
NDFW was a huge success again this year, with nearly 500 students learning the facts about drug use.
This event would not have been possible without the support of our coalition partners.
We want to say a special thank you to the following individuals and organizations: the city of Galveston, with special thanks to Mayor Lewis Rosen and City Councilperson Norman Pappous; Center for Addiction Research at the University of Texas Medical Branch with special thanks to Brandon Carter, MPH, Grants Administrator, Debra Cooper, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, and Katherine Becker, MHA, MBA, Senior Administrative Manager; the Galveston County Community Resource Coordination Group with special thanks to Neil Treble, Chair of the Galveston County CRCG and Program Coordinator at DePelchin Children’s Center; DePelchin Children’s Center, with special thanks to Amanda Ward, Family Resource Specialist, Angela Owen, Family Resource Specialist, and Marian Crowder, Family Resource Specialist; and Texas A&M Galveston, with special thanks to Jason Way, Texas A&M Galveston Peer Leaders.
Additionally, we would like to thank La Marque High School and Odyssey Academy for partnering with us for this project.
Community change happens when we all work together, and we are already looking forward with anticipation to next year’s National Drug Facts Week.
Mary Beth Trevino is the Coalition Coordinator for the Galveston County Community Coalition.