United Way of Broward County

United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse Holds Annual Meeting to Celebrate Drug Abuse Prevention

September 13, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – (September 13) – United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse (UWBCCSA) Board of Governors celebrated its accomplishments over the past year at its Annual General Meeting at the Riverside Hotel on September 13. Speakers, Senator Mike Fasano and Senator Nan Rich, congratulated UWBCCSA and shared their vision for the future on how the community can effectively continue their efforts in reducing drug abuse in Broward County.

Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Senator Mike Fasano, Senator Nan Rich, Pat Castillo and Tammy Tucker

“I am so impressed with the work being done in Broward County by UWBCCSA; Senator Fasano said in his opening statement. “People from across the country continue to visit local pill mills to get their prescription drugs and seven Floridians die every day from prescription drug overdose. Thanks to UWBCCSA, we are already seeing some of the illegal pain clinics packing up and leaving the state.” UWBCCSA advocated for seven years passing the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program bill to monitor the amount of painkillers dispersed by pain clinics. 

Colber Prosper, a Broward Youth Coalition Alumni and a Youth Ambassador with CADCA, shared his experience with UWBCCSA. Colber recognized UWBCCSA as one of the main reasons for his success.  “In school you are faced with all kinds of pressure. The Commission gave me something to do and somewhere to go. It also educated me about the consequences I would face if I got involved with certain things. Life was hard enough, always trying to do the right thing and by participating in activities that led to trouble or damaged my health was like me shooting myself in the foot.”

The Board of Governor’s conducted the business portion of its Annual Meeting electing 5 new members to the Board.  The Board meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at the United Way.

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