Within the last month, thousands of dollars’ worth of drugs and cash were seized as part of a multi-agency investigation across middle Tennessee where authorities found marijuana, cocaine, guns and cash at several different homes in residential neighborhoods; nearly $13 million in fentanyl (a narcotic) was seized in a drug bust by police in Decaturville; and just recently, three people were arrested in a drug bust that uncovered 15 lbs of cocaine and 2 lbs of heroin.
“When it comes to people’s lives being ruined by drugs and addiction, the news is just non-stop,” says Rev. Brian Fesler, regional coordinator for Drug-Free Tennessee. “We need to spread a positive drug-free message and educate as many people as possible and as fast as possible,” he says.
For this very reason, Drug-Free Tennessee (DFT) has been out in the community educating residents and providing resources. This past week, volunteers spread the word to neighbors during a community health fair, where they also offered further help in the form of lectures to boys and girls clubs, Sunday school classes and other groups.
DFT is the local chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World (FDFW), which is based in Los Angeles and has as its mission to educate people about the dangerous effects of drugs so they understand and can make informed choices on the subject.
Fesler says, “There is a need in our communities to educate everyone on drugs, drugs impact all our lives in one way or another. That’s why we work with others so people can get a complete overview.”