Governor Ron DeSantis announces launch of anti-drug campaign to prevent drug addiction among Florida youth led by First Lady Casey DeSantis
Press release from the office of Governor Ron DeSantis
Today, Governor DeSantis announced the launch of First Lady Casey DeSantis’s statewide initiative: Facts. Your future. This program directly engages young people in Florida to improve their understanding of the effects of drug abuse on their lives and to empower teens to reach their full potential. Through a series of school assemblies, Facts. Your future. will provide an interactive space for schools to educate their students on the consequences of drug addiction.
“Drug addiction is one of the main reasons why some of our young people are not reaching their true potential,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “As 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. “
“Facts. Your future. gives Florida students the facts to make informed decisions for their future, ”said First Lady Casey DeSantis. “The earlier teens start using drugs, the more likely they are to continue to use drugs and develop addiction problems later in life. As the testimony of parents today illustrates, these decisions can be a matter of life and death. We need to educate our children on these important issues to ensure that they live long and healthy lives. “
Schools statewide will be provided with the resources to organize their own assemblies, along with collateral campaign materials to continue essential conversations throughout the school year. By engaging directly with peers through schools, parents and educators, this initiative focuses on direct channels that promote healthy conversations about the facts about substance use.
In July, the State Board of Education adopted groundbreaking student performance standards in substance abuse prevention. This program will help our schools and educators meet state requirements for drug prevention education. The substance abuse prevention standards provide students with 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.
“The human brain doesn’t finish developing until the mid to late twenties, and the areas responsible for impulse control develop last,” said Dr Joseph Ladapo. “Teens 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. The First Lady’s initiative breaks new ground to ensure the protection of Florida students and will continue to evolve in schools across the state.
“I would like to thank First Lady Casey DeSantis for her crucial leadership in protecting children,” said Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. “The dangers of substance use and abuse are clear – not only can they ruin a child’s life, they can end it too. To be clear, this is an opportunity for us to help save lives and prevent tragedies through education. Our goal is to provide students with a world-class education that helps them become great citizens, and this wonderful initiative from the First Lady will help us ensure students have a bright future in the Sunshine State. “
The full video of the announcement is available here.