Lee Supports Anti-Drug Campaign

From left to right: New Bridge Foundation Board member Steve Brooks, CEO Kosta Markakis, Congresswoman Barbara Lee., and New Bridge Foundation Administrator Abby Medcalf, tour the New Bridge Foundation facilities in Berkeley. Photo by Adam L. Turner.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee has joined with New Bridge Foundation to encourage family members of substance abusers to encourage their loved ones to seek drug treatment.  
The slogan of the campaign is:  “Save a life; Save a family; Save our community,” in recognition of the well-known relationship between drug abuse and personal and family dysfunction, as well as community breakdown.
“There’s a crisis going on,” Lee said. “Children are dying in the streets because of the drug situation. We’ve had several toddlers shot and killed in the East Bay in the past few months.”
Lee applauded New Bridge’s efforts to be a part of the solution. The foundation, established in 1968, serves over 2,000 individuals annually in both residential and outpatient programs, offering adult detox, outpatient and residential services.   
The program also serves students at secondary campuses in the East Bay.
New Bridge has services for homeless and disenfranchised individuals from Berkeley, Oakland and all of Alameda County.  The program also serves clients who work for major public and private sector employers, unions and branches of the U.S. military.
Special training sessions are being scheduled to help professionals and others learn how to encourage drug abusers to commit to going into treatment.   A free training session will take place 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8500 International Blvd., in Oakland.  For information call: (510) 526-6200.