Out of the Dark is a community volunteer movement that started in the fall of 2008 after several people in Jonesboro, Arkansas, felt the need to stand up and do something about the horrible impact that the illness of drug addiction and its resulting collateral damage has been causing to their community. This damage has now become a common thread that runs through every issue communities and governments face today, from educational opportunity loss, crime rates and public safety, loss of economic productively, environmental contamination, immigration issues and public service burden spending, in addition to the destruction of so many families and local businesses.
NEED HELP AND DON'T KNOW WHERE TO TURN?
No family should suffer from this illness alone so get help NOW.
Check out our NEED HELP page for area support listings.
IS THIS AN EMERGENCY?
If you suspect that someone is overdosing on drugs this is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY that requires immediate medical attention and you should immediately call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
Out of the Dark is a community volunteer organization that does not provide professional advice but we are here to help direct you to the professionals that can help you or your loved one.
Join the Craighead Out of the Dark Coalition. Learn more about how you can get involved here!
Out of the Dark Inc. recently honored State Drug Director Fran Flener with the “Out of the Dark Humanitarian Award” for her tireless service and dedication in the fight against drug abuse and chemical addiction that plaques all communities in Arkansas. The Director was honored at the annual Out of the Dark School Chapters’ “Leave Your Mark” rally this past October when she spoke to over 1,000 students from Craighead County. Read more...
The Arkansas Prevention Network awards Out of the Dark's Chairman with the 2013 People Making a Difference Community Award. Read more...
Out of the Dark announces the 2013 Mary Mooney Student Scholarship and honors students. Read the story here.
While our state and federal agencies are calling drug addiction a national epidemic in terms of deaths and collateral damage not everything is gloom and doom. We believe that many of these issues can be solved locally through a positive community response. For example, we now have over 1,000 students in 17 schools promoting a positive message to other students to break the myth that most teems use drugs. Check out one of the new “MOST TEENS CHOOSE NOT TO USE” videos that were produced locally in partnership with several proactive organizations.
Out of the Dark School Chapters.
If you would like to volunteer to help our school chapters, provide financial support or just get involved please use this link or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Out of the Dark Works!
Students rally for a healthier community!
One of the most powerful and entertaining motivational speakers in America speaks to over 4,300 Jonesboro students about the choices they make every day concerning drugs, alcohol and violence in our communities. Please pause webplayer at the bottom of the page.
A new report about the Out of the Dark Movement here!
“I was blown away to see that drug use and abuse had gone down in every category except 10th grade,” said Mr. Johnny Terrell, CEO for SERVICE Group 360 who donated $2,500.00 to support the Out of the Dark School Chapters. “The only difference is the Out of the Dark program".
So why do we need your support? As a grass roots volunteer organization we rely upon you to help support our community activites such as our 17 Out of the Dark School Chapters. Your support helps us maintain our independence so we can concentrate of on reaching out to families and businesses in our communities.
Our state legislature’s failure to properly fund prevention and treatment programs in Arkansas is clearly a contributing cause to our inability to stop the growth of drug addiction issues in our communities. Don’t believe it? Well take a minute and read this state report from the Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention: “Substance Abuse Prevention Dollars and Cents in Arkansas: A Cost-Benefit Analysis” (Feb. 2010)
Mr. Kevin Richardson, President of PCS OnCall, and Mrs. Joyce Glenn, Chairperson of the Out of the Dark School Committee.
“It gives me great pleasure to be able to invest in the future of our communities by supporting these sponsors and their students”, said Kevin Richardson. "As business person, I see how these issues negatively impact, not only families, but the future work force of our local business community, so we all have a huge interest in seeing that the Out of the Dark School Chapters continue to be successful.” PCS OnCall, is a professional communication service that has been operating in Jonesboro since 1985 serving clients from around the world.
Out of the Dark Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit grass roots community organization that is fighting chemical addiction issues one community at a time. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law and all donations are invested back into our community, so if you would like to help, then please donate above Online and send your donations to:
Out of the Dark Inc.
407 Union Avenue
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72403
For fundraising ideas, please contact us at email@example.com.
Thank you for your support!
How far will YOU go?? Thank you to our friends at Gearhead Outfitters, Inc. for hosting the Endurance Gearhead Challenge for the benefit of Out of the Dark!
Solutions are made at the Local Level.
The ugly truth is that we have historically been treating drug addiction issues as a moral “will power” problem rather than a medical/mental health problem, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Most people now understand that drug addiction is an illness, however, we have established our public policies over the past 50 years by relying on a false premise, that this is not an illness. When we base our public policies on a false premise, coupled with the type money involved in our federal and state policy making process, we create a cocktail for disaster. And that is what we have right now, one big public disaster.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this is now a national epidemic and as Joseph Rannazzisi, DEA Deputy Assistant Administrator/Deputy Chief of Operations Office of Diversion Control, accurately reported at the 2012 National Rx Summit, “We’re gonna lose a whole generation of kids to heroin because they started with hydro(codone).”
Until we get the premise right we will never stop the rapid growth of the collateral damage that drug addiction is causing in our communities. However, if each community will get involved to address their own local problems through the Out of the Dark organization then we can stop this monster that has been stealing so many of our children away.
Skip Mooney, Jr.
Chairman of the Board
Let us show you how to solve a national epidemic one community at a time!
To request an Out of the Dark “Local Level Up” presentation please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.