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Letter: Prevent youth from addiction with SAFE

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From: Harry Cooper


Memorial Day, graduation day, the Fourth of July. Every special day is a good day to celebrate. May 18 to 24 is National Prevention Week, and Communities That Care is encouraging the parents and teens of Bartholomew County to make good choices and “Live a life worth remembering.” Party SAFE (Substance Abuse Free Entertainment) has gathered more than 1,300 pledges from the youths of our county to remain above the influence of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Along with this more than 150 parents have pledged not to host a party where these substances are served to anyone underage. Along with this more than 20 businesses recognize the Party SAFE card given to youths who make the pledge.


As a tool of encouraging these decisions, Party SAFE passed out 1,000 flashlight key chains at this year’s prom and have yard signs for households willing to support our message. As a community we are coming together to create an environment where our youths are able to make good choices and resist harmful behaviors that could turn dreams into nightmares. With our collective efforts we can continue to reduce the risk of losing any child to a preventable tragedy or a lifetime of addiction. With 80 percent of people addicted claiming to have begun using before their 18th birthday, let us commit to protecting the investment of life held in youths.

Party SAFE will partner with The Salvation Army and Columbus Area Youth Ministry Alliance to host a free SAFE party from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Pence Park. The community is invited to these activities as we do “Prevention by Promotion.” For further information, email or call 619-368-8088.

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