D.A.R.E. America » News http://www.dare.org Empowering Children to Lead Safe and Healthy Lives Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:02:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Dunn County deputy earns state award for warning kids about drugs http://www.dare.org/dunn-county-deputy-earns-state-award-for-warning-kids-about-drugs/ http://www.dare.org/dunn-county-deputy-earns-state-award-for-warning-kids-about-drugs/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:04:21 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16225 Dunn County Deputy Rod Dicus teaches a Drug Abuse Resistance Education class to Elk Mound fifth-graders. Dicus recently was named as the Wisconsin D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year. From Leader-Telegram. MENOMONIE — Dunn County Deputy Rod Dicus gave high fives and fist bumps to students as he walked through Elk Mound Middle School hallways on […]

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Dunn County Deputy Rod Dicus teaches a Drug Abuse Resistance Education class to Elk Mound fifth-graders. Dicus recently was named as the Wisconsin D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year.

From Leader-Telegram.

MENOMONIE — Dunn County Deputy Rod Dicus gave high fives and fist bumps to students as he walked through Elk Mound Middle School hallways on a recent day.

“How are you doing?” a smiling Dicus asked students as they stopped to tell him about their day.

Dressed in his tan-and-brown sheriff’s office uniform, Dicus was at the school to teach the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, a 10-week class to teach fifth-graders the skills to make good decisions, build their self-esteem and avoid tobacco, drug and alcohol use.

Dicus’ work with students hasn’t gone unnoticed. He has been named the Wisconsin 2014 D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year, an award he said he is humbled to have received.

“It’s very rewarding,” Dicus said of being the sheriff’s office D.A.R.E. officer. “I think D.A.R.E. is a real positive in schools.”

Dicus said having students meet an officer in a positive, relaxed environment helps build relationships that encourage positive behaviors by students. Those relationships were evident during Dicus’ recent D.A.R.E. presentation at Elk Mound Middle School. Dicus, 52, said he tries to engage students as he teaches them about the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

During a recent D.A.R.E. class about peer pressure, Dicus played the part of a fellow student trying to persuade others to try tobacco and alcohol. Students laughed throughout Dicus’ presentation but received his serious message.

Dicus told students the best option is to avoid situations at which drugs or alcohol may be present. He taught them it is OK to simply refuse to try drugs or alcohol.

“That is why I’m here,” Dicus told the students. “I’m giving you options. You know right from wrong. Make good decisions, and make them count.”

Issie Hollister, 10, an Elk Mound fifth-grader, said she appreciates Dicus’ ability to make D.A.R.E. presentations entertaining.

“He keeps it interesting,” Hollister said. “I kind of like how he tells us realistic statistics and the effects alcohol and tobacco use can do to you.”

Fellow fifth-grader Walker Banaszak, 10, said Dicus taught students there are 200 chemicals in a cigarette. Banaszak said D.A.R.E. gives students the tools they need to refuse drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.

In an average year, Dicus, who has been a D.A.R.E. officer for nine years, teaches 600 to 700 students at Dunn County schools. D.A.R.E. classes are taught to fifth-graders throughout the county. In the Elk Mound and Colfax school districts, seventh-graders also participate in the program.

Michelle Martineau, an Elk Mound Middle School fifth-grade teacher, said having Dicus teach D.A.R.E. helps students see officers as real people who care about them. She said Dicus is deserving of the state D.A.R.E. award.

“He looks for positives in kids,” she said. “He tries to engage all of them in conversation. He is a natural at it. He is perfect for the role.”

Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith praised Dicus’ D.A.R.E. efforts.

“He has the ability to remember which school most of them were in and most of their names,” Smith said.

Jessica Graham, a teacher at Downsville Elementary School, nominated Dicus for the award in April. In her nomination letter, she praised Dicus’ ability to work with children.

“The material in the D.A.R.E. curriculum can be tricky to teach, but Deputy Dicus gets to know the kids and encourages participation,” she wrote. “He finds ways to identify student strengths and uses those strengths so each student feels they have contributed in a meaningful way.”

Dicus said he could not teach D.A.R.E. without the support of cooperating school districts.

“The school districts have been great,” Dicus said. “It really is collaboration and working together.”

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Irvington’s Main Street School Fifth-Graders Take on D.A.R.E. Program http://www.dare.org/irvingtons-main-street-school-fifth-graders-take-on-d-a-r-e-program/ http://www.dare.org/irvingtons-main-street-school-fifth-graders-take-on-d-a-r-e-program/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:59:35 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16221 The Main Street School fifth- graders are participating in the DARE program with Police Officer Erik Seman. Photo Credit: Irvington Union Free School District. From tarrytown.dailyvoice.com. IRVINGTON, N.Y. — The fifth-graders at Main Street School have begun the 2014 Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program. The main objective of the program is to teach the fifth- graders how to […]

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The Main Street School fifth- graders are participating in the DARE program with Police Officer Erik Seman. Photo Credit: Irvington Union Free School District.

From tarrytown.dailyvoice.com.

IRVINGTON, N.Y. — The fifth-graders at Main Street School have begun the 2014 Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program.

The main objective of the program is to teach the fifth- graders how to make healthy choices that are right for them. DARE Officer Erik Seman teaches children how to recognize and resist the direct and subtle pressures they will face in life.

Along the way, the fifth-graders are building a positive relationship with Seman and the Irvington Police Department that will last a lifetime.

The D.A.R.E. Program runs for five weeks and concludes with a graduation ceremony and gallery of work students will create to display their new learning.

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D.A.R.E. seeking vehicle to educate against drugs http://www.dare.org/d-a-r-e-seeking-vehicle/ http://www.dare.org/d-a-r-e-seeking-vehicle/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:53:50 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16218 School officer seeking vehicle to educate against drugs. From The Sun Times. Heber Springs, Arkansas Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Officer Mandee Love of the Heber Springs Police Department and is going above and beyond in her efforts to educate Heber Springs school children about the dangers of drugs. In her short time as a […]

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School officer seeking vehicle to educate against drugs.

From The Sun Times.

Heber Springs, Arkansas

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Officer Mandee Love of the Heber Springs Police Department and is going above and beyond in her efforts to educate Heber Springs school children about the dangers of drugs. In her short time as a new School Resource Officer on the Heber Springs School District campus, she has become actively involved in providing education for kids regarding drugs in an effort to help them make smart choices in the future.

In order to help with this worthy program, Love, and the Heber Springs Police Department, are seeking to obtain a D.A.R.E. vehicle. The purpose of this flashy, decorated vehicle would be to catch the eye of not only the children, but also parents and the public at large and, in doing so, show and active, recognizable presence in the education effort.

“We have to raise right around $15,000 for the vehicle,” said Love. “A number of businesses have already donated to the program to help us get the vehicle.”

Love is also spearheading a fundraising dodge ball game themed “Dodge Drugs!” The game will take place October 28th at the Heber Springs High School gym and will showcase Heber Springs High School Students taking on the faculty. Admission will be $3 and at half time, $1 tickets will be available for a chance to play Minute to Win It. All proceeds will go towards purchasing a D.A.R.E. vehicle.

“Several people have seen D.A.R.E. vehicles and commented about how much their children enjoy the program,” said Love. “A D.A.R.E. vehicle is the ultimate community service tool.”

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Mainers look to Colorado for lessons learned on marijuana legalization http://www.dare.org/mainers-look-to-colorado-for-lessons-learned-on-marijuana-legalization/ http://www.dare.org/mainers-look-to-colorado-for-lessons-learned-on-marijuana-legalization/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:54:37 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16183 Bob Doyle talks to business leaders about his state’s experience with marijuana legalization. From www.wcsh6.com. LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Two weeks from today, voters in South Portland and Lewiston will have their voices heard on ordinances that would legalize the use and possession of marijuana by adults 21 and over. The ordinances are similar […]

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Bob Doyle talks to business leaders about his state’s experience with marijuana legalization.

From www.wcsh6.com.

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Two weeks from today, voters in South Portland and Lewiston will have their voices heard on ordinances that would legalize the use and possession of marijuana by adults 21 and over. The ordinances are similar to one passed by voters in Portland last fall.

While marijuana remains illegal in Maine and federally, there is a growing movement to legalize the drug for recreational use. Voters in Washington and Colorado have already approved measures legalizing marijuana, and residents of Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia will vote on legalization in November.

Today, business leaders in Lewiston had a chance to hear first-hand about Colorado’s experience with legalization. Bob Doyle, Executive Director of the Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance, says there have been increases in hospitalizations, auto fatalities, hash oil explosions and marijuana usage among youth. He believes the move was a mistake, saying the costs outweigh any economic gains made through taxation and regulation.

“Societal costs are always much greater than the revenue a community or a state is going to make,” said Doyle.

“What we are seeing is mass commercialization,” he added. “That is what legalization is about. It is not about social justice, it is not about protecting the health and the safety of our communities, it is about the mass commercialization of marijuana.”

He says one of the biggest concerns in Colorado are the way edible products, which contain marijuana, are being made targeting kids.

“What we are seeing is they are mass producing child-like products; marijuana gummy bears, cupcakes and soda,” said Doyle.

David Boyer, Maine Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project, says there have been some bumps in the road in Colorado, but believes Mainers can learn from those mistakes.

“We have an opportunity to learn from what Colorado has done,” said Boyer. “It is a good opportunity to say hey what’s working, what’s not working?”

Boyer says the Colorado Legislature has worked to address issues that have arisen, particularly related to edibles. He says Maine can put better regulations in place and impose tighter controls to make sure kids are not getting their hands on products that contain marijuana.

He says he was disappointed the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce did not invite both sides to address business leaders, and accuses Doyle of inciting fear instead of providing facts.

“They are continuing to fear-monger about what is going on in Colorado,” he said. “He is here to scare us, to scare Lewiston voters.”

People on both sides of the issue encourage voters to better educate themselves about the issue so they can make an informed decision at the polls.

 

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D.A.R.E. America Awarded National Council on Patient Information in Education OTC Literacy Grant http://www.dare.org/d-a-r-e-america-awarded-national-council-on-patient-information-in-education-otc-literacy-grant/ http://www.dare.org/d-a-r-e-america-awarded-national-council-on-patient-information-in-education-otc-literacy-grant/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:23:52 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16166 A meeting, in Washington, D.C., of entities concerned with over-the-counter (OTC) drug misuse and abuse was convened by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE). The stakeholders’ forum – Promoting OTC Literacy Beyond the Classroom – was convened to achieve the following objectives: Create awareness for the McNeil/Scholastic/American Association of Poison Control Centers(AAPCC) […]

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A meeting, in Washington, D.C., of entities concerned with over-the-counter (OTC) drug misuse and abuse was convened by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE). The stakeholders’ forum – Promoting OTC Literacy Beyond the Classroom – was convened to achieve the following objectives:

  • Create awareness for the McNeil/Scholastic/American Association of Poison Control Centers(AAPCC) OTC Literacy educational program and models of programs that are addressing OTC literacy among forum participants, including the research behind its development, component pieces and their intended use in the classroom and at home; and assessment(s) to date.
  • Advance the dialogue among non-classroom-based school and community-based youth service provider organizations about the availability and use of the OTC Literacy program at the local, state, and national levels through their unique spheres of influence and programming.

Approximately 30 organizations representing public and youth service organizations (American Association of Poison Control Centers, Boy & Girl Scouts of America, CADCA, D.A.R.E., 4H, NAACP, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Ohio State University), government agencies (FDA, SAMSHA, NIDA), NCPIE members and partners that are involved in supporting public health and safety and interested in promoting OTC Literacy participated the forum. Support for the forum was provided through an unrestricted educational grant from McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, a member of the NCPIE coalition. As a follow up to the Forum, NCPIE will prepare an Online Guide for Organizing, Promoting, Conducting and Assessing an OTC Literacy Program in your Community.

During the meeting it was announced that NCPIE would award up to five grants of $10,000 each to select nonprofit stakeholders’ forum participants. The grants would be awarded based upon proposals submitted after the forum. Criteria for applying for these grants included: demonstrated capability to conduct a customized/branded OTC Literacy outreach campaign, description of campaign goals and objectives; identification of a campaign target audience(s) and methodologies for reaching each target audience; OTC Literacy program media plan (including traditional and social media strategies); and OTC Literacy program impact/assessment plan.

D.A.R.E. America was selected by NCPIE for award of an OTC Literacy grant.

NCPIE – For additional information about MCPIE visit http://www.ncpie.org/

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West Deptford drug recovery group offers free help to addicts, families http://www.dare.org/west-deptford-drug-recovery-group-offers-free-help-to-addicts-families/ http://www.dare.org/west-deptford-drug-recovery-group-offers-free-help-to-addicts-families/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:26:57 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16144 Right: A flier for “The Meeting” that was handed out at Woodbury’s Fall Festival Parade earlier in October. (Greg Adomaitis | South Jersey Times). From www.nj.com. WEST DEPTFORD TWP. — Wearing a tucked-in button-up shirt, dress slacks and shoes, 25-year-old Greg Maurer slides into a booth at the Colonial Diner in Woodbury and lays it all out. […]

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Right: A flier for “The Meeting” that was handed out at Woodbury’s Fall Festival Parade earlier in October. (Greg Adomaitis | South Jersey Times).

From www.nj.com.

WEST DEPTFORD TWP. — Wearing a tucked-in button-up shirt, dress slacks and shoes, 25-year-old Greg Maurer slides into a booth at the Colonial Diner in Woodbury and lays it all out.

“From jail to Yale,” he says, drug addiction knows no bounds. Maurer should know — he’s a recovering addict with an admittedly rough past.

It’s that first-hand struggle, however, that has allowed him and a handful of outreach professionals to launch “The Meeting” in West Deptford.

Held for the first time last Saturday and drawing 27 guests, the free service at The Lords Vineyard Church gives those with nowhere to turn a route for getting clean, a route that will even lead to a rehab facility in Florida for some.

Maurer is a a nationally-certified drug/alcohol interventionist, but he’s just one cog in the wheel.

Also on board is John Pilla, who has 23 years in addiction services and is a Certified Drug/Alcohol Counselor. So is Pastor Neil T. Murphy, who through personal experience working with troubled individuals, is “driven to pull back the curtain on addiction,” Maurer said of tackling stigma.

Others involved include Frank Smith, who has been working with public school students through the D.A.R.E. program for years; Colleen Howard, whose son died of an overdose and now works to educate parents and console those who have lost someone; and Barbara Smith, who shares a message of hope that shows recovery is possible.

The meetings go beyond a resource and support group; they target addicts as well as their families who are trying to understand where to draw the line between helping and enabling, Maurer said.

“It’s a meeting that’s here for the family. It also bridges the gap between the struggling individual and their families,” he added.

The group has teamed up with professionals in the field of addiction with resources that include detox, treatment and outpatient programs; sober living; addiction counseling services; anonymous fellowships and more.

“We have every step of the process in our pockets,” he said.

Neon yellow fliers for the Oct. 11 meeting were passed out at Woodbury’s Fall Festival Parade, Maurer said. Bluntly stating, “You are not alone. You can’t make it on your own,” the flier goes on to read that support for families of suffering addicts is offered.

“We encourage you to bring your struggling addicts,” he said. “My job is to build hope in somebody.”

Maurer knows the struggle.

“I was at the end up my rope,” he said of personal struggles where the need to score and search for cash spiraled out of control. “Steal a car, rob a house, get to Camden, or overdose and die …  You can be on a bus for 10 minutes and you’re in an open-air drug market,” he said, pointing north along Broad Street toward Camden.

That is the gritty reality of someone doing what it takes to feed a drug addiction. Maurer broke free and now wants to help others ready to take the first of 12 steps, he said.

Treatment and rehab facilities aren’t the cure-all; they’re the beginning of a long recovery, he said. A 12-step program is where the solution is at, he said.

What’s more, organizers hope to send a struggling individual to Believe Treatment Center, in Palm Beach, Florida through a scholarship valued at $25,000 once every two months.

“It’s an honor to be in a position to lend a hand when needed,” said center Owner Anthony Lucca.

The selected individual will only be responsible for airfare and if they can’t afford a plane ticket, Addiction Frontline, a secondary sponsor, will donate airfare.

“I want to stop and actually try and change the outcome of a situation,” Maurer said.

The group meets every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at The Lords Vineyard Church, 301 Colonial Dr., in West Deptford.

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Crime Task Force curbs drug trade http://www.dare.org/crime-task-force-curbs-drug-trade/ http://www.dare.org/crime-task-force-curbs-drug-trade/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:16:54 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16141 Sheriff credits multiple prong approach. Deputy Joe Carl and K9 unit Riley are members of the Hardin County Sheriffs Department canine unit which works very closely with the task force. From The Ada Herald Media. HARDIN COUNTY — On Oct. 7, the Hardin County Crime Task Force conducted three traffic stops in Washington Township. As […]

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Sheriff credits multiple prong approach.

Deputy Joe Carl and K9 unit Riley are members of the Hardin County Sheriffs Department canine unit which works very closely with the task force.

From The Ada Herald Media.

HARDIN COUNTY — On Oct. 7, the Hardin County Crime Task Force conducted three traffic stops in Washington Township. As a result of the traffic stops, Kim Gibson was arrested and three other persons have charges pending, one female and two males. One male is facing charges for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Another male was arrested for possession of drugs. With the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office Detective Division, Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit and Osborn’s Towing, the Task Force seized two vehicles, heroin, pills, marijuana, cocaine, cash and drug paraphernalia.

The arrest and pending charges are the result of an ongoing investigation by the Crime Task Force.  It is beneficial to the county to have a task force, because those working it are able to focus mainly on drugs and serious crimes.  They have a more flexible schedule that supports ongoing investigation cases such as this one.

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart feels that the drug problem has to be fought with a multiple prong approach.  He is confident in his task force, street patrol, K9 team and the drug recovery program.  In addition, a new method of prevention will soon be in place.  Deputy Chrissy Jones recently graduated D.A.R.E. training school. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and is designed to be a fun and educational tool to help teach students how to say no to drugs.

All schools in Hardin County are on board with the implementation of D.A.R.E. programs in the schools.  Deputy Jones already works with schools, talking with kids about saying no to drugs but the Sheriff looks forward to having an official D.A.R.E. Deputy.  Since joining the department in 1993, there has never been a D.A.R.E. program in Hardin County. Therefore, it has been a goal of Sheriff Everhart’s.

 

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Yorktown’s Murphy Unveils Seven Point Plan To Fight Heroin http://www.dare.org/yorktowns-murphy-unveils-seven-point-plan-to-fight-heroin/ http://www.dare.org/yorktowns-murphy-unveils-seven-point-plan-to-fight-heroin/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:02:28 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16119 From The Daily Voice. YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown’s Dr. Terrence Murphy recently unveiled his plan for addressing the Hudson Valley’s growing heroin crisis. Murphy’s plan includes: Sponsoring legislation to require insurance companies to cover drug treatment and rehab up to 90 days. Using drug seizure proceeds to provide funding for Naloxone, a potentially life-saving overdose […]

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From The Daily Voice.

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown’s Dr. Terrence Murphy recently unveiled his plan for addressing the Hudson Valley’s growing heroin crisis.

Murphy’s plan includes:

  • Sponsoring legislation to require insurance companies to cover drug treatment and rehab up to 90 days.
    Using drug seizure proceeds to provide funding for Naloxone, a potentially life-saving overdose treatment, to all first responders.
  • Restoring the Gap Elimination Adjustment school aid cuts made by Senate Democrats in 2010 to increase state funding for school resource officers (Police SROs) and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) in all area schools to help with prevention.
  • Forming a joint federal-interstate-local, inter-agency law enforcement counter-narcotics proliferation task force and removing legal barriers to data sharing.
  • Creating a state grant program for local narcotics units to provide stepped up enforcement against drug distributors.
  • Increasing penalties for major narcotics traffickers.
  • Restoring funding cuts enacted by Senate Democrats to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to fund peer recovery advocates, addiction services and treatment programs.

“We need a multi-faceted approach that provides law enforcement officials, our mental hygiene and substance abuse professionals and our first responders with the tools they need to save lives,” Murphy said in a statement. “Counter-drug efforts are not just about enforcement. They are about treating addiction and we need to step our efforts on prevention as well on recovery so our kids won’t get hooked. Instead of worrying about picking our state snack, Albany needs to be focused on winning the war on heroin. I’m prepared to bring that focus.”

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Three Officers Earn D.A.R.E. Instructor Certification http://www.dare.org/three-officers-earn-dare-instructor-certification/ http://www.dare.org/three-officers-earn-dare-instructor-certification/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:48:01 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16114 Pictured from left to right, Lt. Stephen Salvas congratulates PFCs John Foster, Tiffany Smith, and Kurt Burger, who recently became certified as DARE instructors. From the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the graduation of three school resource officers from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) training held […]

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Pictured from left to right, Lt. Stephen Salvas congratulates PFCs John Foster, Tiffany Smith, and Kurt Burger, who recently became certified as DARE instructors.

From the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the graduation of three school resource officers from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) training held Sept. 21 – Oct. 3 at the Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville. PFC John Foster, PFC Tiffany Smith and PFC Kurt Burger were among 20 officers from across the region to complete the two-week, 80 hour certification course to become some of the nation’s newest DARE instructors.

DARE is a community based, nation-wide program which links law enforcement, schools and parents in a partnership to educate children about the dangers of drugs. The class is taught by police officers who present information to children in a classroom environment, providing skills on how to resist drugs and how to build resiliency to staying away from drugs. In addition, some of the other lessons discussed under the DARE program include bullying, gangs, internet safety, cyber-bullying, and prescription drug abuse. DARE instructors are certified to deliver programs at the K-4, elementary and middle school level.

In Charles County, a school resource officer is assigned to every high school and middle school on a full-time basis. These officers are also responsible for interacting with students at elementary schools. School resource officers strive to establish positive connections with students. They provide safety, teach classes, coordinate after- school activities and serve as mentors.

With the graduation of these officers, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office has a total of 18 officers qualified to teach the DARE curriculum. For more information about the CCSO school resource officers, visit http://www.ccso.us/school-resource-section/.

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New drug breakthrough: a (conditionally) federally legal alternative to medical marijuana http://www.dare.org/new-drug-breakthrough-a-conditionally-federally-legal-alternative-to-medical-marijuana/ http://www.dare.org/new-drug-breakthrough-a-conditionally-federally-legal-alternative-to-medical-marijuana/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:32:57 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16091 Synthetically produced pharmaceutical drug and supplement will be less expensive, legal under federal law, and can combined in custom amounts to treat specific ailments. From Yahoo! Finance. MURRIETA, Calif., Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — With the legalization of medical marijuana (cannabis) in an increasing number of states, there is a movement afoot to provide the […]

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Synthetically produced pharmaceutical drug and supplement will be less expensive, legal under federal law, and can combined in custom amounts to treat specific ailments.

From Yahoo! Finance.

MURRIETA, Calif., Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — With the legalization of medical marijuana (cannabis) in an increasing number of states, there is a movement afoot to provide the benefits of marijuana as a synthetically produced drug.
There are two similar products on the market: the generic drug Dronabinol (known by the brand name Marinol), and Cannabidiol, also known as CBD. Currently, Dronabinol is only available through pharmacies. No synthetic versions of CBD are available on the market.

Robert Clark of Murrieta, Calif., has developed better versions of these products, both of which will be produced and distributed through his startup company, TD9 Pharmaceuticals.

“There are two different ‘cannabinoid’ receptors in the body,” explained Clark. “Dronabinol activates the first receptor, which is responsible for the ‘mind-altering’ effects of cannabis. CBD activates the second receptor, which is responsible for the ‘body’ effects. Dronabinol is the most potent preparation of THC possible, and is unobtainable through plant extraction alone.”

“Patients can create custom combinations of CBD and Dronabinol in order to treat specific ailments. It’s not a one-size-fits-all treatment. And by synthetically producing our products, we can obtain levels of purity and dose precision that are impossible through plant extraction. Our products are also totally odorless, as the chemicals that produce the smells of cannabis are not present in them.”

Synthetic versions of medical marijuana enable it to be administered in several different ways, such as inhalers, vaporizer pen tinctures, and extended-release tablets. Dronabinol has never been sold in any form other than a capsule.

Clark will be offering the TD9 product line at a lower price than equivalent products on the market, while providing a greater range of use and effect than either Dronabinol or CBD alone.

All production and distribution of TD9 products will fully comply with state and federal laws. Dronabinol, when combined with sesame oil and contained in a gelatin capsule, is a Schedule III drug, meaning it can be legally produced with proper licensing. CBD is unscheduled.

“Dronabinol can only be legally produced as a sesame-seed oil mixture contained in a capsule,”  explains Clark, “however, how that product is transformed after distribution is a different situation entirely.” “Federal law also doesn’t explicitly define the proportion of sesame oil and Dronabinol required for legality, so take that as you will,” Clark adds.

That being said, production and distribution of these products is a complex and expensive process. To generate start-up capital, he has launched an Indiegogo campaign, which can be viewed here: www.indiegogo.com/projects/td9-pharmaceuticals.

Contributions will be used for legal fees, chemicals, laboratory equipment, distribution, and property zoning as well as the hiring of a pharmaceutical chemist.

Donations of any amount are welcome. For $100, backers will receive recognition on the soon-to-be-launched TD9 website (www.td9pharma.com).

Clark is targeting his educational and publicity efforts toward medical-cannabis patients, who are looking for a pharmaceutical alternative. “The benefits are pretty obvious,” he said. “It will cost less, allow patients to customize the effect of their medicine, and it can be administered in new and different ways. TD9 is going to be an excellent alternative for those who use medical marijuana.”

After distribution begins, TD9 products will be available from any participating medical cannabis dispensary. Dispensaries may choose to stock only some of these products, and not the entire line. TD9 Pharmaceuticals will only distribute products to dispensaries and pharmacies, not directly to patients. “We will have no control over prices they charge,” said Clark.

For additional information, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/td9-pharmaceuticals or the TD9 Facebook page, www.facebook.com/td9pharm.

Clark can be reached directly at td9pharma@gmail.com.

Media Contact: Robert Clark, TD9 Pharmaceuticals, 425-296-7976, td9pharma@gmail.com

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