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National Awareness Week Promotes Living A Drug Free Life

"This is volunteers and, the county agencies reaching out to try and prevent needless harm or death with anybody because of the unique drug situation we have now. And trying to put a halt to it and reverse that trend," said Commissioner David Gray.
FREDERICK, Md. - The On the Mark Adolescent Clubhouse is safe place for students that offers sober activities and provides support for youth recovering from substance abuse problems.

This week, the clubhouse participated in National Drug Facts Week to promote living a drug free life.

So far this year, Frederick County Public Schools have already reported 40 incidents of drug use, possession or distribution. Last year there were 120 incidents reported.

To help combat these trends and the recent increase in drug abuse in the county, the Health Department's On the Mark Adolescent Clubhouse is helping students dealing with substance abuse problems. 

"This is volunteers and, the county agencies reaching out to try and prevent needless harm or death with anybody because of the unique drug situation we have now. And trying to put a halt to it and reverse that trend," said Commissioner David Gray.

This week, the Frederick County Board of Commissioners signed a proclamation recognizing this past week as National Drug Facts Week and making it an annual awareness week in the county.

"If you know the facts then you know how you can in fact if you get the wrong drug there are, as a young person you're not immune to the affects and the side affects are what surprise you," said Gray.

"I think it stops a lot of people from doing it. Like if it's out there more, like if you talk more about it then people will maybe stop," said Lemae Matthews, a 10th grader.

During the week, students learned about the dangers of using drugs, how to react to peer pressure and how to say no. 

"People are going to try to influence you to do drugs but you have to find a way out of it and say no to them," said Matthews. 

"If I was in a situation being given drugs i would know how to react to it," said Jahrikia Allen, a 10th grader.

"And you know, how it affects you what it looks like you just to say no," said Teresa Gomez, a 7th grader.

Students and their families ended the week with a celebration to living a drug free life.

The Health Department's On the Mark Adolescent Clubhouse is open six days a week for students.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office and Frederick Police Department have both reported an increase in heroin related calls over the past few years.

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