The Chapala Sunrise Rotary Club was delighted with the strong turnout and participation in its Drug Education Project “Viviendo en Libertad” (Choose Freedom from Drugs), in which 2,500 children aged 10-16, from approximately 16 schools, were presented with life stories by recovered addicts from the Reintegracion Land treatment center run by Gaby Nuñez and Ulises de Los Angeles.
The program was presented eight times over four days in the Cristiana Park in Chapala and at the Auditorio de La Ribera during the second week of May.
Parents were also invited to come and receive the information, which focused first on the types of anti-social behavior that often precede or go hand-in-hand with drug usage.
Parents and youth had been provided with a brochure describing the project’s aims, which was distributed through their schools.
Arturo Hermosillo, a recovered drug addict, stepped forward to coordinate the project. Young people respond most readily to those who have “been there,” he said, adding that to save just one life through this program makes it all worthwhile.”