Bricker signs proclamation for Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week
Mayor Mark Bricker signed a proclamation on Tuesday officially declaring the week of Jan. 22-27 to be National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week in Bay City.
The occasion, organized by Bay City Recovery allows Bay City to join the rest of the nation in recognizing NIDA’s (National Institute on Drug Abuse) National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week annual event, helping promote local efforts to start the conversation about drugs and alcohol in schools, at home and throughout the community.
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is sponsored by NIDA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
The week-long event is a celebration of the inquisitive minds of teenagers and encourages them to ask questions about drugs, drug abuse, alcohol, alcoholism and to get scientifically based answers, without judgment or biased comment.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse stimulates most of the world’s research on drug abuse and addiction and offers science as a key element of the national and community conversation about drugs.
“This is the fourth year we have participated in this campaign and I believe it gives us a platform to open the lines of communication and to start that conversation about drugs and alcohol with teens before it becomes an issue,” said Jonnie Montalbo, Executive Director of Bay City Recovery.
“Any additional opportunity that prompts parents, educators and the community to take a moment to share dialogue with the youth in our community regarding the hazards of drugs, alcohol and addiction only adds to a solid foundation,” said Montalbo.
Bay City Recovery is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to reducing substance abuse through community education, providing inpatient/outpatient pre-assessments, 12-step meetings and peer support services.