Nearly 200 students joined the JM Drug Free Club during its membership drive last month. As an affiliate of the National Drug Free Clubs of America, the group’s goal is to ensure students never start taking drugs. JM and Reynolds Hospital CEO Dr. David Hess are doing their part to make this goal a reality.
“At our hospital we focus on treating people with drug problems, but that’s too late. We want to focus on preventing students from ever trying drugs,” Hess said.
To show their support and commitment, community organizations and businesses have provided monetary incentives for membership. Reynolds Hospital is offering two $500 scholarships to eligible members. Also, thanks to grants and generous donations, the membership fee of $67 was reduced to $20. Throughout the year, students will continue to receive rewards, such as going to breakfast and lunch early, winning t-shirts and prizes, and going on fall and spring trips. Drug Free Club students will be drug tested initially and then subject to random screenings throughout the year. Results of the tests are sent directly to students’ parents.