Establishes Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program in DEP and appropriates $200,000 therefore from Drug Enforcement and Demand Reduction Fund.

NJEA is pleased to support A-638 (Rumpf, Conaway, Gove, Albano)/S-178 (Connors, Beck).  In an effort to encourage children to engage in a healthy lifestyle and avoid drug use, this legislation establishes the Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program in the Division of Fish and Wildlife by appropriating $200,000 to the Department of Environmental Protection to fund the program.

The program, which is modeled after a Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Program pilot that was implemented in Ocean County in 2000, provides students with a constructive alternative to using drugs by offering opportunities to appreciate the outdoors and learn about fishing.  Many of the lessons learned in the program are aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.  If this legislation passes, New Jersey would join more than 30 other states that participate in the program.

NJEA understands that we must always look for opportunities that will provide our children with healthy, life-long good habits. 

Therefore, we support A-638/S-178.