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UMFK to host satellite broadcast entitled Emerging Drug Trends

March 21, 2003

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host an informative, 90 minute satellite broadcast session entitled 'Emerging Drug Trends' on Thursday, March 27, at 1:00 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room.

This broadcast will provide on overview of emerging drug trends around the nation, discuss the different club drugs and their consequences, describe the evolution of rave subculture, identify criminal activity associated with raves, provide prevention strategies to combat these trends on the national, state and local level, as well as address the future impact and concerns these drugs will have on communities across the country.

The program will provide historical and current prospective of drug trends including discussion of hot spots (meth and marijuana trends) and DEA programs working to combat these drugs.

It will discuss club drugs and their consequences including discussion on the research behind the epidemic, the evolution of rave subculture (history, scene, ravers, paraphernalia, etc.), rationale/enticement behind raves and the criminal activity associated with them.

Also covered will be strategies to combat current and emerging drug trends including examining what one community did in Kansas in response to the Meth epidemic, programs and strategies implemented, the program's impact in the community and state and lessons learned for the future.

Tanyanic Brown, director of special projects for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America will moderate the broadcast session. Panelists will be Cristi R. Cain, state coordinator, Kansas Methamphetamine Prevention Project; John Lunt, chief of the DEA Outreach Programs Demand Reduction, Office of Congressional & Public Affairs; and Eladio Paez, a detective who manages Precise Protective Research, Incorporated, a security consulting company specializing in drug prevention.

The program, which is being is sponsored by the National Guard Bureau Counter-Drug Office, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the Multijurisdictional Counter Drug Task Force Training program at St. Petersburg Junior College, and the Florida National Guard with the extended technical support of the Satellite Education Network in Fort Lee, Virginia, is aimed at community coalition leaders, prevention specialists, Drug-Free Communities Act grantees, Weed and Seed Coordinators, Safe and Drug-Free Schools coordinators, educators, administrators, counselors, law enforcement officers, treatment providers, drug court members, policy makers, business leaders, coalition volunteers, drug demand reduction coordinators, concerned parents, criminal justice professionals, youth coalition members, members of the religious community and other community partners who may be interested.

CADCA is offering participation certificates with contact hours for this broadcast. For additional information, please contact Tanyanic Brown of CADCA at 703-706-0560, ext. 242 or email to tbrown@cadca.org.

The broadcast is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Don Eno at 834-7835.