Prevention awareness and education keys to a safer community

The Beech Grove Comprehensive Drug-Free Coalition distributes Deterra bags at community fairs and back-to-school days.

Beech Grove resident Diana Hendricks was inspired to start a local drug prevention program for a very personal reason.

“As an individual whose 21-year marriage ended due to the emotional abuse of my husband’s substance disorder, I knew it would bring me face-to-face with the pain I had not dealt with,” she said.

Hendricks started the Beech Grove Comprehensive Drug Free Coalition (CDFC) in 2016 and continues to spread the word on substance abuse in the community.

“What I like most about the coalition is when we are able to have at least one person that we can lead to treatment, prevention or recovery; that is the best feeling you will ever get,” said Hendricks, who serves as executive director of the coalition. “If we could just get rid of the stigmatized thing that’s going on in our world, where people look down on people with mental health issues, it would be easier for these people to get help.”