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Fight the New Drug program will help students make good choices


At Scecina, we continually strive to provide the best support for our students so they can make good decisions. For example, The Fairbanks Foundation awarded Scecina, Our Lady of Lourdes, Holy Spirit, and Little Flower more than $100,000 for drug prevention programs. Our same four schools hosted Jodee Blanco, a leading expert and speaker on bullying to talk to our students. We purchased her anti-bullying curriculum too. 

Scecina’s latest venture is to bring in a group called Fight the New Drug, with top youth speakers, to educate our students on the harmful effects of pornography. This event is offered in partnership with Marian University and is being presented at other Catholic schools. 

We will have an assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 9, for our students. I believe this presentation will help our students make informed choices to avoid the “new drug.” 

Fight the New Drug (FTND) has delivered age-appropriate and research-based presentations to over 400 schools. Psychology Today magazine, CNN, and “ABC Nightline” have featured the group. FTND’s focus is to educate our students on the harmful effects of pornography and to provide them with the knowledge they need to make informed choices. Some of their messages include: 

  • Few realize that teenagers especially are at risk when exposed to pornography.
  • The brain is most susceptible, during the teen years, to the chemical overload that comes with continued viewing of pornography, and addiction is a real danger.
  • Easy accessibility to pornography has turned the Internet into today’s “drug dealer” – a place where porn-related searches represent nearly 25 percent of all online inquiries. 

ABC News said, “Fight the New Drug Destigmatizes the Topic and Uses a Scientific Approach.” One parent wrote, “Fight the New Drug’s presentation had our students laughing, participating, and learning.” A principal talked about the feedback he received from his staff: “I believe the message shared regarding the impact of pornography on the brain, relationships, and society was impactful for the students. I would recommend this presentation to all schools.” 

Regardless of my belief about the presentation, you can opt out of having your child attend. You can pick up a form from our school receptionist, fill it out, leave it in the main office, and we will make other arrangements. 

Please pray that our joint efforts will keep our students safe! As always, you remain in my thoughts and prayers. 

Joseph Brettnacher, Ph.D.

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