Life is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free: A Letter from Ron San Angelo, Southbridge Town Manager

“It has to be a topic of conversation. Parents have to discuss the dangers of illegal drugs with their children. Business owners need to discuss this issue with employees. Teachers need to educate their students. Pastors and Priests need to discuss this from the altar. Everyone needs to do his or her part.” 

The Southbridge Town Manager’s Substance Abuse Advisory Board is leading efforts to promote Red Ribbon Week. ( http://redribbon.org/)  The week occurs from October 23-31 and the purpose is to educate the public about the dangers of illegal substance abuse. As Town Manager of Southbridge, I have been working with the Town Council to find ways to both educate citizens about this issue and to reduce the use of illegal drugs.

All of us have had friends or family members who have been involved in experimenting with these substances. For some, they have managed to not get addicted and have experienced little negative effect. For others, it has destroyed their lives. The country and the State of Massachusetts are facing an Opioid crisis and people are dying from overdoses. What can you as a citizen do about it?

First, we can no longer ignore the issue. For too long this problem has been hidden. If we do not talk about it, then it must not exist.  It has to be a topic of conversation. Parents have to discuss the dangers of illegal drugs with their children. Business owners need to discuss this issue with employees. Teachers need to educate their students. Pastors and Priests need to discuss this from the altar. Everyone needs to do his or her part.

The cost of doing nothing has been way too high. Children have ended up in foster care. Husbands and wives have divorced. So many have ended up in jail and people are dead. The cost to society has been enormous. You can make a difference. If you do not, who will? Use your circle of influence and spread the word. Life is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free.

 

Ron San Angelo

Southbridge Town Manager

 

 

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