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Myths, Facts, and Illicit Drugs: What You Should Know- Series to Be Broadcast on Satellite and Internet

3/15/2001:   The use and abuse of illegal drugs has profound negative effects on family functioning and seriously compromises child well-being. In fact, over 80% of states report that substance abuse is one of the top two problems among their child protection caseloads. There is a tremendous
need for community-wide understanding about what can be done to attack this problem. This e-bulletin provides information on a way for you to learn more about what you can do.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the National Guard Bureau, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America are producing a series of satellite broadcasts on specific drugs of abuse. The first (on methamphetamine)
will air on Thursday, March 22, from 1:30 P.M.-3:00 P.M. (EST).

"Meth: What's Cooking in Your Neighborhood?" is intended for members of community coalitions, community leaders, drug prevention and treatment providers, child and family serving professionals, law enforcement officials, and educators.

Meth often takes hold of a community before authorities are aware of it, and communities often do not have the infrastructure to deal with the problems meth causes. Methamphetamine statistics are alarming. In 2000, 2.5% of 8th graders, 4% of 10th graders, and 4.3% of 12th graders had used methamphetamines at least once in their lifetimes. In 1997, 2.3% of 12th graders reported using crystal methamphetamine in the past year, an increase from 1.3% in 1990. Laboratory seizures by the Drug Enforcement Agency increased sevenfold in the past six years, from 263 in 1994 to 1,874 in 2000. State and local law enforcement agencies seized an additional 6,354 labs in 2000; nearly all of these labs produced meth.

Experts will discuss the toll methamphetamines take on a community and how citizens can protect their communities from a meth epidemic. The panel features: Robert Denniston, Deputy Director, Partnerships, National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, moderator; David M. Barton,
Executive Director, Midwest High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area; Linda Phillips, Executive Director, Siouxland CARES Coalition in Iowa; and Dr. Richard Rawson, Executive Director of Research, Los Angeles Addiction Research Consortium, and Deputy Director, UCLA Alcoholism and Addiction Medicine Service.

All viewing sites must register in advance to receive the necessary satellite coordinates. Sites may register through the Internet by logging on to http://www.dlnets.com/ngbcd.htm.

For a list of local viewing sites, call 877/820-0305. For viewing via the Internet, the show will be simultaneously webcast at http://www.health.org.

Future topics are Ecstasy (May 24), Heroin (July 19), and Marijuana (September 20). For further information, call Carol Gibson at ONDCP, 202/395-6963.

Content contributed by Heather Banks, Editor


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