The mission of Defy the Issue as a community coalition involving Evesham, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle and Woodland is to educate families and residents of all ages about the dangers of illegal drug and alcohol use and to provide support for young people by empowering them to DEFY the pressures of drug and alcohol use. This will be accomplished through:
A marketing campaign demonstrating solidarity forDefy the Issue
Education, outreach and support for families
- Community awareness soliciting sponsorship and support for Defy the Issue from all stakeholders
Seneca seniors Nick Lauria and Sebastian Friend won the Lenape District's Chris Herren Promo Contest.
Shawnee student Talon Lauriello produced the following the video.
Lenape students Gilbert Ongwenyi, Zach Gold and Nick Morse produced the following the video.
All of the Defy the Issue flags went purple in support of the THP Project Purple.
We would like to thank the following sponsors of
Defy the Issue and the Chris Herren presentations:
The Lenape Regional Education Foundation
Bradley Funeral Home
Bradley and Stow Funeral Home
Burns-Kull Automotive Group
Comegno Law Group P.C.
Dr. Robert Bende
Medford Cemetery Association
Medford Lakes Lion Club
Medford Lodge Odd Fellows
Medford Township Police Dept.
Medford Vincentown Rotary Club
Murphy’s of Medford
Red Lion Diner
The Design Collaborative
Various LRHSD Student & Parent Groups
- Southampton Twp. Schools & Lenape Regional High School District Parent/Student Presentation
- Video Promos
- Opening Day Staff Recognition Poster
- Freshman Orientation Promotion
- Back to School Night Promotion
- Football Helmet Decal and Collaboration with Rec. Programs
- Business Promotional Partnerships
- Clings with QR Codes
- Nike Letter
- Family Dinner Link
- Board of Education Updates
- PRIDE Grant Application Submitted by LDEA
- Medford Municipal Alliance Grant
- Partnership with Medford Township Schools as part of the Municipal Alliance Grant
- Partnership with Prevention Plus of Burlington County
- Partnership with King's Crusade
Prescription drug abuse is not a new problem, but it is one that deserves renewed attention. According to data reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in December 2011, prescription and over-the-counter medications account for most of the commonly abused illicit drugs by high school seniors. For example, nearly 1 in 12 high school seniors reported non-medical use of Vicodin and 1 in 20 reported abuse of OxyContin. When asked how prescription narcotics were obtained for non-medical use, 70 percent of 12th graders said they were given to them by a friend or relative.
Chris Herren Speaks to LRHSD Parents About Dangers of Addiction
Former NBA Player Appeared as part of Defy the Issue Program
In 2010, the Lenape Regional High School District (LRHSD) launched its “Defy the Issue” campaign to spread awareness of the dangers of substance use. This month, as part of Defy the Issue, former NBA basketball player, nationally renowned motivational speaker, author, and sobriety expert Chris Herren returned to LRHSD to share his harrowing story of drug use and recovery with parents, guardians, and students.
LRHSD Superintendent Carol Birnbohm, Ed.D, welcomed guests to Herren’s evening presentation, which focused on helping parents, guardians, and family members understand the true dangers of the disease of addiction. Birnbohm expressed the pride and admiration she has for the loyalty of the LRHSD community.
“Every school has a unique personality, but one thing that we know is true about all of our schools is that every school has a deep sense of pride and a strong sense of community. I’m talking about the community within our school buildings, which gives students the feeling that they are part of the family when they walk through the doors. And I’m talking about the communities that surround each of our buildings, community members who let our students know that someone cares about them, which is why we are here this evening, we all care about our community,” said Birnbohm.
Herren spoke at LRHSD school assemblies for ninth- through twelfth-grade students at Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee, and Seneca High Schools throughout the week. The special presentation that was held after school hours for parents and guardians included a Substance Awareness Expo. The expo enabled parents and guardians to participate in the “Hidden in Plain Sight” exhibit. The exhibit asked participants to search for staged drugs and drug paraphernalia that had been hidden around a teenager’s bedroom. The exhibit was provided by City of Angels. Click here for more
The 15-Minute Child Break is a FREE, interactive, one hour presentation for parents, grandparents and caregivers who are concerned about children (of any age) and substance abuse. Representatives from the Partnership meet with groups on location to deliver this informative, engaging, and education presentation.
National Study from DrugFree.org
Teen marijuana use up 80% since 2008 and 1 in 10 teens report using marijuana at least 20 times a month.
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