The Army Substance Abuse Program will sponsor the 3D Information Fair in support of “Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.” It will be held on the first floor of the Soldier Support Center on Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The participating agencies include Employee Assistance Program, Suicide Prevention Program, Risk Reduction, Provost Marshals Office, Army Community Service, Child Advocacy Program, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, Preventative Medicine, Safety, Drug Suppression Team, Department of Emergency Services and others.
December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Great strides have been made in the past couple of decades in sending the message that driving drunk is dangerous and creates serious risks to everyone in our communities.
However, as an Army community, we still have a lot of work to do to educate all of our military and civilian personnel on the importance of not drinking and driving. We need to become more serious and make similar strides with drugged driving.
There can be a misconception that driving under the influence of marijuana or a prescription medication is somehow safer than driving while impaired by alcohol. However, there have been numerous studies and research conducted on this topic to prove that to be untrue. The bottom line is impaired is impaired.
Drunk and drugged driving can result in horrible tragedies and loss of life that can be prevented by not drinking and driving or consuming drugs and driving. To achieve the national health objective, communities need comprehensive and effective strategies to prevent alcohol-impaired driving.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that carefully planned and well-executed mass media campaigns that deliver sufficient audience exposure, and are implemented in conjunction with other ongoing prevention activities, are effective in reducing alcohol-impaired and drugged driving.
This is a great opportunity for the Army community including Soldiers, Families and Army civilians to get information from several agencies at no cost. Jamie Reed is the ASAP coordinator for this event and may be reached at 643-9882 or by email at Jamie.reed3.civ@mail.mil.