FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Katie Stringham
ICAN’s CCYSA HOSTS
COMMUNITY CALL TO ACTION ABOUT RX DRUG ABUSE
Chandler, AZ (August 17, 2015) – Did you know that enough pain relievers were prescribed in 2013 to medicate every Arizona adult around the clock for more than two weeks? Prescription drug abuse has been declared a national epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control. Opioid overdoes cause 46 deaths per day in the United States, and Rx pain relievers claim more lives than heroin and cocaine combined.
What can you do to help combat this national epidemic? The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (a program of ICAN Chandler) is hosting a community-wide “Call to Action” on Monday, August 31 at 6pm at the City of Chandler Council Chambers (175 S. Arizona Ave.) The event is free and open to the public, all are encouraged to attend.
Representatives from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith & Family, Chandler Police and many more will be on hand. Guest speakers include Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Greg McKay from the Department of Child Safety. This is a community-wide problem affecting all walks of life – the discussion will include ways for everyone to get involved and work together to combat this issue. For more information contact Ted Huntington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse (CCYSA), founded by ICAN in 2005, is made up of Chandler youth, parents and city officials who work to educate the community about the dangers of substance abuse. Education, shoulder tappings, signage counting, and party patrol are all part of the CCYSA’s mission to reduce substance abuse among Chandler youth.
ICAN is a free, family-centered youth service in the East Valley. They provide a full complement of programs proven effective in equipping youth to achieve personal and academic success by tackling substance abuse, gang involvement and juvenile delinquency. Specifically, 8 out of 10 young people in the areas they serve are living in extreme poverty. Four of those children will go to bed hungry at night and eight will be using drugs or alcohol to cope with the harsh realities they face. Joining gangs becomes a more viable choice than graduation in the community ICAN serves. ICAN exists to combat these issues and build a strong future for our community. ICAN is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation and was recently named “Outstanding After School Program” by the Arizona Center for After School Excellence. For more information about ICAN, call 480.821.4207 or visit www.icanaz.org.
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