Community-Based Drug Prevention

Reality Tour to raise local awareness about drug abuse

The Register-Herald – May 9, 2012

By C.V. Moore

— OAK HILL — The Fayette County Family Resource Network (FRN) dispenses a dose of reality May 15, when they stage another Reality Tour to raise local awareness about drug abuse.

The reality tour incorporates live re-enactments of peer pressure, arrest, imprisonment, emergency room trauma and a funeral.

“The dramatic scenes are as close as one can come to experiencing this lifestyle without making the same choices,” says a statement from the FRN.

Question and answer sessions with law enforcement and a recovering addict are also a part of the evening.

Among the targets of the Reality Tour are parents and their children (age 10 and older). The FRN believes the event “encourages communication, conversation, and goal setting” among parents and youth about the consequences of drug use.

“Most substance abuse prevention education programs target just the youth or just the parents — it is unique to have one program that provides the same information together,” says the organization.

The first Reality Tour in West Virginia was in Fayette County in March 2011, when 40 audience members experienced the performance.

“I recommend this for my friends so they can stay good and we can keep our relationship close,” said one youth afterward.

The event will be at the Lewis Center, 469 Central Ave., Oak Hill, from 6 to 8 p.m.

A $5 donation is requested, but no one will be denied entrance based on ability to pay.

Pre-registration is required.

E-mail Bobbie Gravley or Nikki Slaughter at FRN (fayettefrn@gmail. com) or call 304-575-0543 or 304-719-3443. — E-mail: cmoore@register-herald.com