DeSantis visits Seminole to announce drug campaign | Seminole
SEMINOLE – Governor Ron DeSantis announced the launch of First Lady Casey DeSantis’ anti-drug campaign, âThe Facts. Your future. Friday in Seminole, according to a press release from the governor’s office.
This program directly engages Florida youth to improve their understanding of the effects of substance abuse on their lives and empower teens to reach their full potential. Through a series of school assemblies, âThe Facts. Your Future. âWill provide an interactive space for schools to educate their students on the impacts of drug addiction.
âDrug addiction is one of the main reasons why some of our young people are not reaching their true potential,â said DeSantis of Seminole High School. âAs the first lady continues to advocate and support the youth of Florida, this new initiative is another key step in protecting and educating our children. We need to make sure that the teens in our state have the tools and knowledge to make good decisions that will have a positive impact on the rest of their lives. “
“‘The facts. Your future.’ “Gives Florida students the facts to make informed decisions for their future,” said Casey DeSantis. “The earlier teens start using drugs, the more likely they are to continue to use drugs and develop drug abuse. substance abuse problems later in life. â
Schools statewide will be provided with the resources to organize their own assemblies, as well as campaign materials to continue essential conversations throughout the school year.
In July, the State Board of Education adopted standards for student performance in substance abuse prevention. This program will help help schools and educators meet state requirements for drug prevention education. The standards give students the opportunity to become aware of the dangers associated with the use and abuse of harmful substances and to develop essential knowledge and skills that promote a drug-free lifestyle.
âThe human brain doesn’t finish developing until the mid to late twenties, and the areas responsible for impulse control develop last,â said Dr Joseph Ladapo, State Surgeon General. âTeens need to understand the long-term effects of substance use in order to make informed decisions, and young people who use drugs are more likely to become addicted later in life. “
âThe dangers of substance use and abuse are clear,â said Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. “Not only can they ruin a child’s life, they can end it as well.”
The program is an opportunity to save lives and prevent tragedies through education.
âOur goal is to provide students with a world-class education that helps them become great citizens,â said Corcoran.