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GetSmart About Drugs - A DEA Resource for Parents

News Release
March 24, 2003

Contact: DEA Dallas Field Division
PIO G/S Robert N. Evans

DEA Dallas Sponsors Predatory Drug And Ecstasy Conferences

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Dallas Field Division (DFD), in cooperation with the Texas Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will host a series of three important drug awareness and education conferences in the northern Texas area, on March 25, 26 and 27, 2003. The "Predatory Drugs and Ecstasy" conferences will educate parents, teachers, counselors, law enforcement personnel, nurses and members of the communities on the dangers of Predatory Drugs.

Predatory or Club Drugs, such as "Ecstasy," GHB, Ketamine and Rohypnol, can be used in a predatory manner to facilitate sexual assault and other crimes of violence. These drugs can easily be slipped into a drink and may be completely undetectable. Once consumed, they can incapacitate potential victims to the point that they suffer memory loss and/or ability to account for a period of time. The individuals may be unable to provide details of a sexual assault. When these drugs are used in combination with alcohol, the harmful effects are greatly increased. In addition, "Ecstasy" is one of the most significant drug threats facing America's young people today. Its popularity and emergency room visits associated with its use have mushroomed in the past few years. The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) estimates that nationwide hospital emergency room mentions for "Ecstasy" rose dramatically from 637 in 1997 to 5,542 in 2001.

The Texas Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is comprised of more than 30 different federal and local government entities, treatment facilities, education and youth-oriented agencies whose nine year collaboration provides the community with important, annual events including the Red Ribbon Rally and drug conferences.

The DEA's Demand Reduction Program was created in 1986 in response to the realization that a comprehensive attack against the drug problem must include efforts to reduce the demand for illegal drugs, a natural outgrowth of DEA's overall law enforcement mission. Unlike some of the larger federal agencies, DEA neither conducts research nor disburses grants. DEA's unique approach is to provide expertise and information to organizations that need help.

The Predatory Drug and Ecstasy conferences will be at the following locations:
Tuesday, March 25th- Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX.
Wednesday, March 26th- Texas Wesleyan University, 1201 Wesleyan, Ft. Worth, TX.
Thursday, March 27th-Denton Bible Church, 1910 University Drive, Denton, TX.


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