President Rick McLeod proudly announces Drug Free Rogers Lowell, formed in 1998 by the Rogers- Lowell Chamber of Commerce as a drug-free workplace task force, will now join with Boys & Girls Club of Benton County. The organization’s new name is Drug Free Benton County. President Rick McLeod commented, “This partnership is a perfect fit for our community outreach mission. While the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce has been an exemplary partner in the past, the Boys & Girls Club has a strong presence throughout Benton County and works specifically with our target audience.”
The task force’s mission was to advocate for legislation allowing drug testing in Arkansas workplaces and provide incentives to businesses implementing drug-free policies. This legislation was passed and the mission was expanded to reduce the demand of illegal drugs in the home, workplace and community. Many accomplishments over these years include the development of the website Ioit2me.com, Methamphetamine Awareness Month, Prescription Medicine Drop-Off Events, & Tobacco Education in Benton County. Efforts have reached thousands of students primarily in grades 6-8.
Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Jacob Hutson comments, “We believe this partnership with Drug Free Benton County will benefit the community. Each organization can better leverage ongoing programs together instead of duplicating efforts. This collaboration will also strengthen prevention efforts and decrease youth substance abuse. “ Read the full story at NWA Online.
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