June 29, 2001

New Coalition to Help Unify Efforts Against Substance Abuse

Saturday, June 30th, The Drug-Free border Coalition will sponsor an event to strengthen awareness of drug abuse issues in the border community. The event is being held a few days after the International Day Against the Abuse and Trafficking of Illegal Drugs, designated by the United Nations.

The celebration will consist of numerous activities, including groups of high school students linking arms to create a human chain from one side of the border to the other. Groups of grade school children will also paint the sidewalk with messages about addiction prevention. Several public security agencies will provide demonstrations using drug sniffing dogs.

Numerous tables with information on the drug abuse and organizations working to prevent drug abuse will also be available.

Activities will begin on the San Ysidro side of the pedestrian crossing to Tijuana and continue at the international boundary line. Participants will cross the border by foot and continue activities on the Tijuana side of the international boundary line.

Schedule of events

San Ysidro (pedestrian crossing to Tijuana) 10:00 a.m. Welcoming ceremony and presentation by school children as well as demonstrations of public security efforts in the fight against drug trafficking.

10:15 a.m. Presentation by event organizers.

10:30 a.m. Formal declaration of the event by one student representing each country.

Simultaneous events on both sides of the border:

10:45 a.m. Sidewalk painting by children.

11:30 a.m. Human chain across the border. Tijuana (inside pedestrian corridor entering Mexico)

12:00 Release of balloons by participants in the human chain.

12:15 Lunch

12:30 Press conference to announce the Drug-Free Border Coalition.

1:00 Closing ceremony.

The Drug-Free Border Coalition is a binational, non-governmental organization that seeks to unite efforts of different addiction prevention agencies from both countries. Currently, eleven organizations from San Diego and seven from Tijuana comprise this new working group.

The Border Health Initiative is a member of the Drug-Free Border Coalition.

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