JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Out of the Dark, a grassroots non-profit volunteer organization working to fight chemical addiction, is planning, what they hope is, the biggest of pool parties on Friday, August 28 from 7 to 9 p.m.
"We are going to be at the Jonesboro Pool Center on Friday. We are having a back-to-school splash for all current, active and potential new members of Out of the Dark to come and help us kick off the school year," Shelly Anderson, Craighead County Out of the Dark Coalition President said. "It's completely free. It goes until 9. We've got prizes. Just a really, really great time to celebrate the school year."
The #Back2SchoolSplash features Dee Jay D, swimming, prizes and ice cream at the Jonesboro City Pool located at 1421 West Nettleton Avenue.
Out of the Dark has much to celebrate.
"We've seen a lot of growth in the schools in the past year and the statistics prove it," Kevin Richardson, Chairman of the Board. "When Out of the Dark first started, Arkansas ranked number one in the nation for having the worst prescription narcotic abuse problem among teenagers. Craighead County ranked number one in Arkansas."
But since that time back in 2008, area students have formed organizations within their schools. Participation has grown and so have the number of discussions about drug abuse. "So right here in Craighead County, we were number one in the nation for having the worst teenage prescription drug abuse problem," Richardson said. "Since Out of the Dark came about and we've been in the schools teaching, we are no longer number one. We are still too high; but we're no longer number one."
Richardson believes Out of the Dark has sparked productive conversations. "I think what we're going is very important and education is the only way that we are going to make a difference."
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