The Pledge for Life Partnership was honored as this year’s recipient of the Dose of Prevention Award. The nationwide competition hosted by CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) recognized PfL’s efforts, selecting it from over 100 entries submitted by coalitions nationally. Pledge for Life’s entry detailed their prevention efforts during the month of October, National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, which addressed both prescription drug abuse and over-the-counter drug abuse.
All efforts made by PfL were possible due to the help of board members representing all sectors of the community. These projects included a student-led multi-media communication campaign involving youth-created billboards, videos, radio PSAs, and social media messages. Red Ribbon Week celebrations spread awareness among teachers, parents, and students. Over 60 local prevention all-stars were honored at a “Rolling Out the Red Carpet” event at Feed Arts & Cultural Center. The October Take Back Day resulted in the collection over 1,130 pounds of unwanted and unused prescription drugs in collaboration with KAMEG and local police departments. Over 2,400 students and their parents with the help of over 100 teachers were reached with the message of safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal through the I-KAN Life Education Center programs.