Consumer Energy Solutions Partners with Effective Groups to make a Drug-Free World a Reality

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Consumer Energy Solutions Was invited to the 2013 Drug House Odyssey - A Lee County Drug/Alcohol Prevention Event that hosts over 3,000 different children.

Children signing a pledge to be drug free at the Drug House Odyssey event.

It brings together 35 organizations and agencies to present a very vivid program on the dangers of drinking and driving and underage drinking.

2013 Drug House Odyssey - A Lee County Prevention Event. As sponsors of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World,Consumer Energy Solutions provided thousands of booklets to all attendees over the three day period. Lynn Posyton, Director of Community Relations and Montana Spencer, Drug Education Specialist, personally met with over 800 school children who visited our Drug-free education table. They eagerly signed a Drug-Free Kids pledge.

Each teacher was awarded with the documentary: The Truth About Drugs, Real People - Real Stories and enlightened them on the Foundation’s Educator’s kit which is available to them at no charge, to further educate their students on the Truth about Drugs. In the evening, CES met with many different groups of individuals and families who came through the event.

From homes for troubled teens, to Miss Teen Florida and company--all were happy to have the materials and plan to work to get the full Truth About Drugs education program enacted at their various locations.

The host of the program, Deborah Comella, Executive Director of the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida, personally invited us to this event, and is excited to do further activities together.

Drug House Odyssey illustrates the deadly combination of underage drinking and driving. This 40 minute walk-through play is recommended for families with children over the age of 10. Some content might be disturbing to young children. This event takes place at Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Boulevard, Cape Coral, and is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed. Drug House Odyssey is open to the public on Wednesday, March 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Students in Lee County are getting an up-close look at the potentially deadly consequences of drinking, drug use and driving. It's all part of the Drug House Odyssey. Students are acting out a scenario where they are pressured by their peers to drink and use drugs. Actual police officers, EMS crews and even a chaplain take part in the demo to drive home the message.

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For two decades, the Drug House Odyssey has been teaching students and families about the danger of combining alcohol and drug use with driving. "It's a wonderful prevention event," Deborah Comella, executive director of the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida, said Friday. "It brings together 35 organizations and agencies to present a very vivid program on the dangers of drinking and driving and underage drinking."

Drug House Odyssey is a walk-through play that last 45 minutes. The story follows four high school students from a casual encounter with drinking and drug use, through the emergency room, arrest and courtroom. "The program is about choices," Comella said. "It follows the kids according to the choices that they make." Those who drink get arrested or end up getting in a traffic accident. "We follow some extracted from a wreck," she said, adding that some are even rushed to the hospital for treatment for their injuries. "At the very end, they have a chaplain, and the chaplin talks about what happened to the kids that drank and what happened to the kids that didn't drink."

What makes the event unique is who performs in the play. "We use the actual professionals who are doing the job," she said. The cast includes doctors and nurses from Lee Memorial Health System, local police and firefighters, the State Attorney's Office and others. "We use more than 350 volunteers," Comella said.

The event is Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A total of 2,100 fifth-graders from 18 schools, both public and private, will attend as a school field trip. It is only open to the general public Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. "We always have more students that want to attend than we have spaces, so we just have a lottery," she said, adding that schools can apply in January. "This year we only had one school on the waiting list," Comella said.

The coalition has resources available for schools not selected to attend. "We do have some prevention programs that will go to the school," she said. Approximately 350 people drop by for the public showing each year. "We have Scout Troops that come year after year. We have families that come year after year," Comella said. There is no cost for admission to the public showing. Visitors are urged to wear socks and shoes because of the terrain.

Drug House Odyssey is intended to serve as a jumping off point for families to talk about the issue of alcohol and drugs or help continue existing talks. "This is the most effective when it is part of a family discussion," she said. Literature will be available to take home on underage drinking, drunk driving and other topics. Information on Internet safety will also be on hand this year. "We spend a lot of time out in the community, and this is something we've found parents have an interest in," Comella said. "I think some of us don't know as much about the Internet as we would hope, but our kids do," she added.

The event is held at Cape Christian Fellowship, at 2110 Chiquita Blvd. S. "We're always looking for input and help for our event," Comella said.

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