News Release
September 27, 2007
For Information Contact:
Supervisory Special Agent Raymond D’Alessio
Public Information Officer
Drug Enforcement Administration
Houston Field Division
713 693-3272

Presciption Drug Abuse Conference To Be Held at
Gilruth Center Nasa Johnson Space Center

SEP 27 -- NASA Johnson Space Center – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Houston Field Division in partnership with the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families; Friendswood Police Department and Webster Police Department present “Teens and Prescription Drugs: Recent Trends on the Emerging Drug Threat”, a one day conference, to be held on Friday, September 28 th, 2007, 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gilruth Center, NASA Johnson Space Center, Alamo Ballroom; 2101 NASA Parkway Houston, Texas 77058.

Keynote speaker for the program is Dr. Susan Dalterio, PhD., University of Texas at San Antonio, Health Science Center, and will include other speakers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Texas State Board of Pharmacies, Local Police Departments, Youth Testimonial, and Right Step Medical Director.

The abuse of prescription drugs to get “high” is a growing trend among teens and young adults. The abuse of prescription pain killers such as hydrocodone now ranks second – only behind marijuana - as the nation’s most prevalent drug problem. Join other concerned community members as they discover what is behind this devastating trend and what can be done to prevent it. The conference will cover topics such as: 1) the types of prescription drugs abused by teens; 2) the availability of prescription drugs in schools and over the internet; 3) signs and symptoms of abuse; costs associated with abuse in the community; 4) what you can do to address the issue in the community.

For additional information please contact Dawn Mathis, DEA Demand Reduction Coordinator at 713 693-3152.