By : Dr.Adal M.Hussain,Phd (AKA) Dr.Abbey ,Editor @ Large for World Liberty TV
With drug use at alarming levels in our schools—60 percent of high school students and 32 percent of middle school students say that students keep, use or sell drugs on their school grounds*—a local organization is working to honor the everyday heroes that are fighting the drug scourge. The Foundation for a Drug-Free World of The Americas Chapter hosted its 9th Annual Drug-Free Heroes Awards Gala Thursday at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck, NY. Held in honor of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the Chapter honored community leaders and officials who are making a difference in drug education and awareness in the greater New York area. The foundation also launched a new educational property called “The Truth About Synthetic Drugs” to combat the national emergency on Synthetic Marijuana. With more than 2000 emergency calls related to the use of synthetic marijuana made since the beginning of 2015 throughout the nation, four times as many calls than the same period of time last year, educators, parents and teens.
2016 Drug Free Hero Awardees include NYPD Community Affairs Bureau Executives and staff, Miss New York 2015, Salvation Army, Safe Space After School Program, Police Athletic League, SAPIS Counselor for NYC Department of Education, Pennsylvania Constable Office, Producer and Director Joe Gawalis, representatives from National Latino Officers Association, Foundation for a Drug Free World Brooklyn Chapter Co-Directors and others. See More Organizations like this.
The Harlem Drummers and Steppers opened the gala with a thrilling performance. The Truth about Drugs public service announcements followed this along with an introduction by Meghan Fialkoff, executive director of the Americas Chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World and Dr. Bernard Fialkoff, President of the Americas Chapter. Rabbi Levy Abdurakhmanov, Miss Africa USA and other government officials opened the gala as keynote speakers.
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION FOR A DRUG-FREE WORLD:
The Foundation for a Drug-Free World, is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free. Internationally, through a worldwide network of volunteers and working with more than 800 police, government, and community partners and alliances, 62 million educational booklets have been distributed, tens of thousands of drug awareness events have been held, and public service announcements have reached more than 260 million viewers in 123 countries. Check out our Humanitarian Channels.