D.A.R.E. America has developed a partnership with TJ Maxx. They are now selling clothing with the D.A.R.E. name on it.
President, Amy Norville
Middle Region Vice President, Bud Smith
Secretary, Becky Keith
Sergeant at Arms, Darrell Hannah
2013-2014 TDOA Board Members
(not pictured: Dennis Mitchell)
Chris Adams and Sgt. Scott Staggs with Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The City of McKenzie’s Police Department introduces its new DARE officer, Christopher Adams. Officer Adams finished two weeks of intense training with the State of Tennessee Dare Association, where he graduated with the highest honors in his class.
Interim Chief Kim Barker and Mayor Jill Holland attended this ceremony and were very proud of Officer Adams achievement. Officer Adams’ training consisted of him being able to teach Kindergarten through seventh graders. Prior to joining the McKenzie Police Department, Adams worked for the New York Police Department.
The school resource officer will be announced at a later date when Chief Craig Moates takes office. Jackie Sykes, the SRO and DARE officer for a number of years, resigned from McKenzie Police Department and moved to East Tennessee with his wife to care for an ailing family member.
Officer Adams has an award-winning personality with children and will be an huge asset to our DARE program and our community, says Interim Chief Kim Barker.
(Courtesy of the McKenzie Banner, June 25, 2013)
Just over a month ago, we learned that Urban Outfitters, the national retail store popular with teens, was selling pint glasses, flasks and shot glasses made to look like prescription pill bottles. These products made light of prescription drug misuse and abuse, a dangerous behavior responsible for more deaths in the United States each year than heroin and cocaine combined.
The Partnership launched an advocacy effort and petition to ask the company to remove these products from their stores and website, securing more than 4,700 signatures of support.
It was reported today that Urban Outfitters has halted sale of these products. The retailer shared this statement with CNN: "In this extensive range of product we recognize that from time to time there may be individual items that are misinterpreted by people who are not our customer. As a result of this misinterpretation we are electing to discontinue these few styles from our current product offering."
We thank Urban Outfitters for listening to the calls, emails and letters of parents and families, health care providers, community and government leaders, and for pulling these products from their stores.
Our efforts don’t end here. Take the Pledge today to #endmedicineabuse.
The Partnership at Drugfree.org
Contact Urban Outfitters to Stop Selling Products that Promote Prescription Drug Abuse
Urban Outfitters, the national retail store popular with teens, is currently selling pint glasses, flasks and shot glasses made to look like prescription pill bottles. These products make light of prescription drug misuse and abuse, a dangerous behavior that is responsible for more deaths in the United States each year than heroin and cocaine combined. Medicine abuse has increased 33 percent over the past five years with one in four teens having misused or abused a prescription drug in their lifetime. Combined with alcohol, the misuse and abuse of prescription medications can be especially dangerous, making the Urban Outfitter Rx pint and shot glasses and flasks even more disturbing.
As recent research from The Partnership at Drugfree.org shows, teens and parents alike do not understand the health risks associated with the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. In fact, more than a quarter of teens mistakenly believe that misusing and abusing prescription drugs is safer than using street drugs.
Tongue-in-cheek products that normalize and promote prescription drug abuse only serve to reinforce the misperception about the dangers associated with abusing medicine and put more teens at risk.
Ask Urban Outfitters to remove these products from their stores and website immediately.
Feel free to use the information above to help make your point.
CONTACT INFO FOR Urban Outfitters:
Send an e-mail to:
Richard A. Hayne; CEO & Chairman
Write a letter:
Urban Outfitters, Inc.
5000 South Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19112-1495
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