Inspired by Dr. Leon Smith's (1970 alumnus and parent of Andrew ‘11) tireless advocacy to bring the issue of heroin addiction to the forefront on the Stetson campus, in Florida and the country, the Fronk Scholar program was established. The program is named in honor of retired Stetson Chaplain Michael Fronk – a true servant leader who impacted countless lives through his careful work with students and families in crisis.
The Fronk Scholars facilitate presentations, workshops, posters, face-to-face outreach, Narcan trainings, and more to address drug abuse at Stetson. An effort to change the perceived use of these drugs through social norm campaigns and infographics will also provide the student population with necessary information on drug misuse and abuse.
The goal for this program is to make a real impact on how students perceive the danger of gateway drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and Demerol, which often times lead to the use of the deadly drug heroin. “Nearly half of young people who inject heroin surveyed in three recent studies reported abusing prescription opioids before starting to use heroin” (drugabuse.gov).
The Fronk Scholars strive to do the following:
- Educate, increase awareness, correct misconceptions and provide resources
- Be a support and resource for others
- Create positive change through leadership, partnerships, and networks.
- Refuse to be passive bystanders
- Lead lives that are healthy and balanced
- Share stories of change