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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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  • Spreading the Drug-Free Message (posted 8/3/2012)

    Watch Elks Drug Awareness Program representative Milton Creagh address the delegates during the 2012 Elks National Convention in Austin, Texas.
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  • A Good Deed Every Day (posted 8/25/2011)

    Watch the streaming video of Drug Awareness Program participant Maren McNees, who is committed to doing a good deed every day.
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  • US targets 'pill mills,' prescription drug abuses (posted 4/19/2011)

    the White House drug czar on Tuesday unveiled a new strategy to cut misuse of powerful painkillers like oxycodone by 15 percent within five years and take particular aim at Florida-based "pill mills" that have fueled an explosion of the drugs along the East Coast and into Appalachia.
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  • Raising Awareness (posted 3/29/2011)

    In the era where kids’ attention spans don’t last much longer than it takes to scroll through Facebook posts, Milton “Bigg Milt” Creagh continues to captivate students for hours, leaving them with an important message about the dangers of drug and alcohol use and abuse.
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  • 20 Years of Red Ribbons (posted 10/19/2010)

    Erika Barger, the Vice President of the Elks Scholar Advisory Board, 2006 Elks scholar, and member of Ormond Beach, Fla., Lodge No. 2193, shares the award winning Red Ribbon Week poem she wrote when in high school.
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  • Living Drug Free (posted 8/10/2010)

    Watch the inspirational videos of two people - a teacher and a student - who are making a difference in their communities.
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  • Look Out! Here Comes the Spider-Man! (posted 2/17/2009)

    Dax Johnson, the 2008 Elks Heroes Essay Contest Grand Prize Winner, is featured in the February 2009 issue of Marvel Adventures Spider-Man No. 48!
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  • Youth Use of Legal Drugs Eclipses Illicit-Drug Use, Annual Survey Reports (posted 1/6/2009)

    The War on Drugs has long been cast as a battle against illegal narcotics, but the latest federal data shows that seven of the top 10 drugs being misused by high-school seniors are legal prescription or over-the-counter medications. Factor in the high rates of use of legal alcohol and tobacco by teens, and the incoming Obama administration will face a very different battle than that waged by the current president and his predecessors since the early 1970s. The 2008 Monitoring the Future report released this week shows that 15.4 percent of 12th-grade students reported nonmedical use of legal prescription or over-the-counter medications, including 11 percent who misused Vicodin and 4.7 percent who misused Oxycontin. The annual report is based on surveys of about 50,000 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders nationally.
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  • Parents Can Stop Drug Abuse (posted 11/24/2008)

    A recent survey showed that while many parents were concerned about the level of education their children might receive, only half were aware of a drug problem in their child’s school. Interestingly enough, the number one reason for stress among children surveyed was not who was going to the prom, or what grade they would get on the next test. It was stress related to drugs, in school, in friends, in peer pressure to use or try drugs.
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  • Methamphetamine or Cocaine: Which Addiction Is Worse? (posted 11/4/2008)

    As scientists study the effects of illegal drugs on the human body, one fact is becoming clear: Methamphetamine is more physically dangerous than cocaine. A new research study, soon to be published in the Nov. 1, 2008 issue of the journal NeuroImage, suggests that methamphetamine enters the brain just as quickly as cocaine but spreads further and stays in the brain longer.
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  • Pain Killers And Stimulants Less Risky Than Cocaine, More Risky Than Marijuana, According To College Freshmen (posted 10/1/2008)

    First year college students believe that occasional nonmedical use of prescription pain killers and stimulants is less risky than cocaine, but more risky than marijuana or consuming five or more alcoholic beverages every weekend, according to a new study published in the September issue of Prevention Science, the peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Prevention Research.
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  • Internet drug trafficking skyrockets, experts warn (posted 10/1/2008)

    STOCKHOLM (AFP) — Drug trafficking on the web has soared as Internet use has become commonplace, presenting far more challenges and dangers than traditional trafficking, experts warned at a conference in Stockholm that wrapped up Wednesday
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  • Cannabis linked to earlier psychosis onset (posted 9/11/2008)

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Researchers from Spain have found a strong and independent link between cannabis use and the onset of psychosis at a younger age. The association, they say, cannot be explained by chance, and is not related to gender or the use of other drugs. It is, however, related to the amount of cannabis used. "The clinical importance of this finding is potentially high," Dr. Ana Gonzalez-Pinto from Santiago Apostol Hospital in Vitoria, and colleagues write in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, given that cannabis use is extremely prevalent among young people."
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  • Web delivers new worry for parents: Digital drugs (posted 8/28/2008)

    We all know that music can alter your mood. Sad songs can make you cry. Upbeat songs may give you an energy boost. But can music create the same effects as illegal drugs? This seems like a ridiculous question. But websites are targeting your children with so-called digital drugs. These are audio files designed to induce drug-like effects. All your child needs is a music player and headphones.
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