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 for
              Defy the Issue
            • Education, outreach and support for families
            • Community awareness soliciting sponsorship and support for Defy the Issue from all stakeholders

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Important News:

Overdose Prevention Poster  
15 Minute Child Break
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
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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LRHSD Initiatives:

  1. Southampton Twp. Schools & Lenape Regional High School District Parent/Student Presentation
  2. Video Promos
  3. Opening Day Staff Recognition Poster
  4. Freshman Orientation Promotion
  5. Back to School Night Promotion
  6. Football Helmet Decal and Collaboration with Rec. Programs
  7. Business Promotional Partnerships
  8. Clings with QR Codes
  9. Nike Letter
  10. Family Dinner Link
  11. Board of Education Updates
  12. PRIDE Grant Application Submitted by LDEA
  13. Medford Municipal Alliance Grant
  14. Partnership with Medford Township Schools as part of the Municipal Alliance Grant
  15. Partnership with Prevention Plus of Burlington County

Evesham Twp. School District Initiatives:

  1. Board of Education Video Screening and Updates
  2. Video Screening for all PTA/PTO Presidents
  3. Opening Day Staff Recognition Poster
    a. Service Learning, Student Council, Peer Leadership, Peer Mediation
  4. Character Education- Positive School Climate and Culture of Good Decision Making
    a. Student Recognition Programs, Student/Teacher Mentoring
    b. Announcements, DARE Focus on Positive Behavioral Supports
  5. Red Ribbon Week, Violence & Vandalism Week
  6. Additional Middle School Incentives
    a. PTA Defy the Issue Video Screening
    b. Prevention Plus Training
    c. DARE Keeping It Real Program for 7th Grade
    d. Health and Physical Education Department Video Screening and Integration of Defy the Issue Campaign
    e. Partnership with Cherokee High School
     i. 8th Grade and Cherokee HS Student Council Peer Leadership (2011-2012) 
     ii. Future 7th Grade Family/Community Night Event (2012-2013)

5 easy steps

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.