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  • DEA has released a Publication - Preventing Marijuana Use Among Youth and Young Adults (posted 8/30/2017)

    The DEA is especially concerned about marijuana use and its negative consequences among youth and young adults. This publication provides an overview of the prevalence of marijuana use among this population; the physical, academic, and social consequences; tips for how to get involved to prevent marijuana use among youth and young adults; and federal resources to assist in your efforts.
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  • New Drug Education Publication from DEA and Department of Education (posted 8/30/2017)

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Community Outreach Section is pleased to announce the release of an updated version of Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent's Guide to Prevention. DEA partnered with the U.S. Department of Education to update this publication that was last revised in 2012. This 40-page booklet offers information to help parents and other caregivers raise drug-free children. The guide includes an overview of substance use among youth; descriptions of substances young people may use; a look at risk factors that may make kids more vulnerable to trying and using drugs, and protective factors to offset those risks; suggestions for how to talk to children about drugs, regardless of their age; and tips on what to do if you suspect your child is using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
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  • DEA Releases 2017 Drugs of Abuse Resource Guide (posted 8/30/2017)

    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration today released the 2017 edition of Drugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide. The Drugs of Abuse guide is released on a periodic basis and designed to be a reliable resource on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States. The guide provides important science-based information about the harms and consequences of drug use, describing a drug's effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key factors. The 2017 edition updates the 2015 Drugs of Abuse publication with the most current information on new and emerging trends in drug misuse and abuse, including fentanyl, other opioids, and synthetic drugs.
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  • DEA launches website to target college drug use (posted 8/30/2017)

    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration today launched CampusDrugPrevention.gov, a new website focused on preventing and addressing college drug use
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  • DEA & Discovery Education: Operation Prevention (posted 8/30/2017)

    Kick Start Lifesaving Conversations in Your Classroom There is a growing epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use nationwide. To combat this, Discovery Education and the DEA have joined forces to bring you Operation Prevention, a education program for middle and high school classrooms which aims to educate students, using science, about the impacts of these drugs.
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  • DEA Issues Carfentanil Warning to Police and Public (posted 9/23/2016)

    DEA has issued a public warning to the public and law enforcement nationwide about the health and safety risks of carfentanil. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which itself is 50 times more potent than heroin. For the full report, please click on the link below.
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  • Counterfeit Pills Fueling U.S. Fentanyl and Opioid Crisis (posted 9/23/2016)

    Hundreds of thousands of counterfeit prescription pills, many containing deadly amounts of fentanyl and fentanyl-related compounds, have made their way into the U.S. drug market, according to a DEA intelligence report released. For more information see the full report "Counterfeit Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyls: A Global Threat"
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  • DEA Releases 2016 National Heroin (posted 9/23/2016)

    The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released the 2016 National Heroin Threat Assessment Summary - Updated (NHTA). The report outlines the expanding public health crisis afflicting America due to the use and abuse of heroin and other opioid drugs
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  • Elks DAP Program Partners with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (posted 7/22/2016)

    The Elks National Drug Awareness Program has announced a partnership with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
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  • Drug Awareness Videos (posted 7/20/2016)

    Check out our new DAP Media Gallery, featuring videos from Ray Lozano.
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  • Congress Finally Passed A Bill To Help Fight The Opioid Epidemic (posted 7/15/2016)

    The Senate has passed a landmark bill to address the current opioid drug epidemic. The House of Representatives also passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) last week. Now the bill will go to President Obama for his signature, The New York Times reports.
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  • Download the DAP Logo (posted 7/14/2016)

    Download the Elks Drug Awareness Program Logo in JPG format.
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  • DEA Announces “360 Strategy” to Address Heroin, Prescription Drugs and Violent Crime (posted 1/12/2016)

    The United States Drug Enforcement Administration today announced Pittsburgh as the pilot city for a comprehensive law enforcement and prevention “360 Strategy” to help cities dealing with a heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, and its associated violent crime. DEA Special Agent in Charge for the Philadelphia Division, Gary Tuggle made the announcement along with United States Attorney David J. Hickton of the Western District of Pennsylvania and several local and federal agencies and organizations working in the fields of law enforcement, pharmacology and substance abuse prevention and treatment.
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  • Heroin and the War on Drugs (posted 12/3/2015)

    In the 1970s, frustration over heroin related, urban crime led to the War on Drugs. Today, heroin is back. But the users, and the response, are very different.
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  • The suburbs are the latest battleground for heroin. Can this video game-like software help save lives? (posted 9/3/2015)

    a new interactive software program being used in the suburbs of Chicago to teach middle school and high school kids about heroin. Chris and Alex are fictional, but Alex’s story is based on the real life of Bill Patrianakos, a high school honor student who grew up in a middle-class suburb outside Chicago and enrolled in a pre-med program his first year of college.
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  • Teens may not drink or smoke if friends are counseled not to (posted 8/25/2015)

    Teens may be less likely to drink and smoke if their friends participate in substance abuse prevention programs, a recent U.S. study suggests. Researchers focused on sixth graders in rural communities in Pennsylvania and Iowa who attended schools that offered seven weeks of counseling to both students and parents to see if kids who didn’t participate in this program might still benefit from it.
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  • US heroin use jumps as costs drop, prescription opiate use rises (posted 7/28/2015)

    Heroin overdose deaths in the United States nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013, fueled by lower costs as well as increased abuse of prescription opiate painkillers
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  • The Scariest Thing About Synthetic Drugs Is Everything That’s Unknown (posted 7/28/2015)

    Synthetic drugs have been around for years. Also known as “synthetic cannabinoids,” the term encompasses a range of mind-altering chemicals that are constantly evolving and are marketed in wildly divergent ways, sometimes as marijuana substitutes on the streets and as incense in convenience stores
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  • Today’s Heroin Epidemic (posted 7/28/2015)

    Heroin use has increased across the US among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. Some of the greatest increases occurred in demographic groups with historically low rates of heroin use: women, the privately insured, and people with higher incomes. Not only are people using heroin, they are also abusing multiple other substances, especially cocaine and prescription opioid painkillers.
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  • DEA Announces GetSmartAboutDrugs.com (posted 9/11/2014)

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announces the launch of the all new GetSmartAboutDrugs.com, the website for parents, educators, and caregivers.
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