Since his election in 2018, Casey DeSantis has played an active role in her husband’s administration.
Now that she’s cancer free, she’s back out working hard to bring public awareness to important issues facing Americans from all walks of life.
And Casey DeSantis is on a mission to help prevent Florida teens from making this potentially life-ending decision.
One of the most important roles Casey DeSantis plays in her husband’s administration is raising public awareness and gaining additional funding for issues such as cancer, improving education, substance abuse, and mental health.
In 2019, Casey DeSantis spearheaded a state-wide program in Florida called “The Facts. Your Future,” that helps teenagers understand the toxic effects of substance abuse.
As part of the program, students in Florida’s schools are required to receive five hours of instruction on mental health and substance abuse.
Over the past few months, Casey DeSantis helped create “toolkits” individual schools could use to hold an assembly to teach students about the dangers of substance abuse.
On Thursday, at Tohopekaliga High School in Kissimmee, Casey DeSantis held the first of three assemblies for “The Facts. Your Future” program.
The assembly focused primarily on educating students about the dangers of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is wreaking havoc on America as a result of Joe Biden’s border crisis.
“When you consider the situation in our country where fentanyl use is spiking and tragically causing far too many young people to needlessly lose their lives, now it is more important than ever for teenagers to understand the facts about substance abuse,” Casey DeSantis began.
“The drug fentanyl, which only has to be the size of a grain of sand to be deadly, is pouring into our country and winding up in all different types of drugs,” Casey DeSantis continued. “You may think you’re taking one thing, but if it’s laced with fentanyl, it could instantaneously kill you on the spot,” DeSantis added.
Over the past two years, deaths from fentanyl have doubled to nearly 65,000 people nationwide.
Recent data shows that in 2020, 63% more deaths were caused by fentanyl than in the previous year.
Synthetic opioids like fentanyl are now the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 45.
The crisis is so bad that on the same day Casey DeSantis held her assembly, Ron DeSantis also signed a bill into law cracking down on fentanyl dealers in the Sunshine State.
While law enforcement fights to get fentanyl off the streets, Casey DeSantis is working hard to make sure teenagers are informed of the life-threatening dangers of using drugs.
“We also know that young people need to know the facts in order to continue to resist peer pressure, which is why this campaign focuses on providing the facts about the permanent, life altering changes of substance abuse,” Casey DeSantis said. “I am incredibly thankful for everyone who joined us today and I look forward to continuing to work with the Department of Health and our local law enforcement to help teenagers live meaningful, drug-free lives.”
“So what we do today, with you learning why to say ‘no,’ you are hopefully going to save your life tomorrow,” she concluded.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.