October 24, 2007
Thousands recognized the UN’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking June 26, with activities aimed at increasing drug abuse awareness and prevention around the world. Government officials, police and firefighters, youths, businesses and clergy, joined in marches, rock concerts, debates and lectures on drugs, and distribution of drug information to the public.
The United Nations Day was created in recognition of society’s responsibility to care for the well-being of children and the necessity to act against the destructive power of drugs. The Foundation for the Drug Free World (FDFW) promoted the day through its 132 worldwide affiliated groups. “What’s great about this day, is that it gets people thinking,” said Keith Code, a professional motorcycle racing instructor for three decades and ambassador for the Foundation. “No one wants to be a victim of drugs but people are missing information that enables them to make informed choices – information that’s easy to understand and tells them what drugs are and what they do.”
“When you are racing a motorcycle at 180 miles per hour, you need total alertness, with your mind and body functioning at 100 percent,” says Code. “To be successful in life you need that same level of alertness, and that level of alertness is only attainable by living a drug-free life.”
Dedicated to drug abuse prevention, FDFW’s mission is to empower youth and adults with the facts on drugs. It distributes the signature Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life booklets internationally, that provide straight forward, little known facts on marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, crack, heroin, LSD, painkillers, “kiddie cocaine” (prescription stimulants), and methamphetamine. Today there are more than 18 million copies in circulation and information on them is available at www.drugfreeworld.org. “These booklets are very effective,” says Code. “Especially with teens.”
One FDFW outreach project, Riders Against Drugs (RAD) was founded by Los Angeles resident and snowboard enthusiast Nikki Dale on realizing too many athletes he met were taking drugs. “There’s a lot of misinformation about drugs out there,” said Dale. “People need the truth.”