"Free 2013" focuses on drug abuse awareness this Friday

Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 04:57 PM.


BAKER — Local businesses, two North Okaloosa churches and the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office are raising drug abuse awareness this weekend.

Doug Griffith Memorial Stadium on Friday will host "Free 2013,” which will include activities — from inflatable bounce houses to flag football games and a dunking booth featuring Baker School staff — for sixth- through 12th-graders.

Attendees can win a tablet, gas cards and a ski trip to North Carolina for two.

Fun activities will mix with a reality check, courtesy of the sheriff’s office and Bonifay area resident Jerrod Jenkins, who will share his experience with substance abuse.

"He used to struggle with a drug addiction," said Justin Douglas, Pilgrim Rest youth minister. "He later got clean, got saved and is now a pastor."

Counseling and resources will be available for attendees needing assistance.

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