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UMFK to host two satellite broadcasts entitled "Club Drugs, Raves and Marijuana" and "Drug Testing in Schools"

May 14, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will once again be hosting two interactive satellite programs from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), on Thursday, May 27 in the Nadeau Hall teleconference center.

The first broadcast which airs at 9:00 a.m. entitled "Club Drugs, Raves and Maijuana" will join some amazing kids who have taken the initiative to speak up about club drugs, raves and marijuana in order to help others avoid falling prey to the drug culture.

Participants will learn how to identify current trends associated with the commonly abused drugs today. In addition, they will learn how to separate fact from fiction when it comes to so-called medical marijuana.

The program will also explain who is behind the drug legalization movement. After watching this broadcast, participants will understand the dangers that teens are susceptible to everyday, and will recognize the dangers that marijuana poses as a highly addictive drug and as a gateway to harder drugs, exposing a drug culture that claims far too many.

The second broadcast entitled "Drug Testing in Schools" beginning at 10:00 a.m. will examine the fact that for the last six years children have listed drugs as the most important problem they face. Drug use can quickly turn to dependence and addiction trapping users in a vicious cycle that destroys families and ruins lives.

Drug testing has been shown to be an effective tool in preventing student drug use. The expectation that students may be randomly tested is enough to make some youth stop using drugs, or never start in the first place.

The broadcast will feature more about the school-based drug testing from John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The broadcast will also feature a roundtable of experts who will share their views.

The program will present an overview of student-based drug testing, explain the drug testing process and legalities and provide statistics and cite studies on student-based drug testing.

It will also answer the questions about who, what, when, where and how much it costs as well as identify and discuss the pros and cons of this strategy.

Both broadcasts are designed for law enforcement officials, drug prevention specialists, Drug-Free Communities Act grantees, Safe and Drug-Free Schools coordinators, educators, administrators, counselors, treatment providers, drug court members, policy makers, business leaders, coalition volunteers, drug demand reduction coordinators, concerned parents, criminal justice professionals, youth coalition members, and members of the faith community.

The satellite programs are sponsored by the The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), and the Multijurisdictional Counter Drug Task Force Training (MCTFT) program at St. Petersburg Junior College and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).

The broadcasts are free and open to the public. To register or for more information, contact Don Eno at 834-7835.