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Posted on: August 22, 2011

County Attorney Kicks Off Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign at High School Football Games

Friday Night Football Patrol Tells Teens: You Use, You Lose

PHOENIX, AZ (August 22, 2011) – Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery will encourage teenagers to sign a pledge to stay drug-free as part of an extensive public awareness campaign known as the Friday Night Football Patrol. For ten weeks beginning Friday, August 26th, Montgomery and volunteers from the County Attorney’s Office will attend a different high school football game each week to talk to teens about substance abuse and invite them to sign the drug-free pledge. Parents attending the games will be offered free copies of a drug prevention guide that includes information on effective substance abuse prevention strategies.

Local radio station KISS-FM (104.7) is partnering with the County Attorney’s Office on the Friday Night Football Patrol and will promote the program on-air as well as provide a live Deejay and music at each venue prior to the game. Students who sign the drug-free pledge will also be eligible to enter a drawing at each game for a free Apple iPad donated by Southwest Gas.

“We expect to reach thousands of teens and their parents with our Friday Night Football Patrol and provide them with actionable information and strategies to prevent drug and alcohol abuse,” remarked Montgomery. “Together with our partners at KISS-FM and Southwest Gas, we believe this proactive effort will help reduce the incidence of teen substance abuse and the number of cases involving this problem that come through my office. Our message is simple: you use, you lose,” he added.

The Friday Night Football Patrol begins on August 26th at Hamilton High School, 3700 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler, where the Mountain Pointe Pride will square off against the Hamilton Huskies. Teens can sign the drug free pledge, receive free giveaways and enter to win the free Apple iPad prior to the 7:00 p.m. kickoff. For more information on the Friday Night Football Patrol and the full season schedule, visit www.SafeTeensAZ.org or www.1047KISSFM.com.

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