COMBAT to Celebrate National Recovery Month

September 11, 2009 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and COMBAT Executive Director Dr. Stacey Daniels-Young will be hosting COMBAT’s “Annual Drug Awareness Picnic” on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at Hill Park, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Hill Park is located in Independence, Missouri at 2099 South Hardy Avenue.

This year the Drug Awareness Picnic theme is “Tomorrow’s Future: Today’s Youth” and focuses on our children. Substance abuse affects millions of Americans, many of whom are under 21 years of age. To help highlight the issue of overcoming barriers to long-term recovery, several youth will recite poetry they’ve written about their experience with drug addiction that either they or their parents have struggled with.

This year’s picnic is held in observance of the 20th Annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, a nationwide initiative sponsored every September by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This year’s Recovery Month theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Learn, Together We Heal.”

This community event is intended to increase public awareness of substance abuse and how COMBAT addresses the problem through agencies it funds. It is also intended to educate people about the positive effects treatment and recovery can have on the well-being of individuals and the community; and to celebrate people in recovery and those who help them overcome their addictions.

COMBAT agencies will be present to provide resources and educational material on law enforcement, treatment and prevention programs. Free food, soda and activities for the entire family will be provided.

Jackson County citizens passed the COMBAT anti-drug sales tax to aid in the fight against drug abuse in our community. COMBAT funds help support the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Kansas City Missouri Police Department, the Eastern Jackson County Drug Task Force, Deferred Prosecution, the Department of Corrections, Jackson County Courts, a Grant Match program, treatment, prevention, and Drug Awareness Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.).