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March 24, 2013

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PHI Air Medical

PHI Air Medical has announced a nationwide effort to educate and raise awareness in local communities they serve for Alcohol Awareness throughout the month of April.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has designated the month of April to bring information to the public on alcohol related issues.

“The fact that one in 12 adults in our country suffer from an alcohol abuse or dependence is something that our crews do not take lightly,” explains Christopher Giller, Regional Director for PHI Air Medical. “Our focus with the “You Drink. You Drive. We Fly” campaign this year is to arm the communities we serve, people of all ages and backgrounds, with the facts of this disease. Through distribution of supporting materials and educational resources, we hope to ultimately help raise awareness for the prevention of these accidents our crews see first-hand, all too often.”

The facts on alcohol abuse and alcoholism are alarming:

• 79,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use

• Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation

• Up to 40 percent of all hospital beds in the United States (except for those being used by maternity and intensive care patients) are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption

• 1 in 12 adults suffer from an alcohol abuse or dependence

“Our crews are the ones at the scene providing critical care for these patients and we strongly believe we have a responsibility to provide as much support and education as possible in the communities we serve, “continued Christopher Giller.

The campaign will run throughout the month of April through a variety of local events, social media messaging and community-wide grassroots efforts.

PHI Air Medical, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of PHI, Inc., the world leader in rotary flight for over fifty years, and provides support for many of the nation’s leading health care organizations.

 

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