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DEA Launches Drug Education Website for Parents

| by Drug Enforcement Administration
WASHINGTON -- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced its new educational website for parents, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com. The website was developed to be a resource for parents and caregivers to help them identify drug abuse, prevent children from using drugs, and find resources for substance abuse prevention.

“DEA wants to share our knowledge about drugs with parents, teachers, and all those who care about keeping our children safe,” said Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “In this fight, information is power, and DEA’s new website has current, accurate, and practical information about how to spot signs of abuse, identify drugs and paraphernalia , and how to talk to teens about drugs. With just a few clicks, parents will be confident and ready to help their kids resist drugs.”

The parent website is a follow-up to DEA’s highly popular site for teens, www.JustThinkTwice.com. Educated and involved parents are an important part of the solution to the problem of drug abuse in America. But the Partnership for a Drug-Free America’s 2007 Partnership Attitude Tracking Survey found that a majority of parents of middle school children (51%) report they need more tools and information to help their kids deal with drugs and alcohol.

Having the facts about drug use by kids today is important, because:

* Today's kids are more likely to begin abusing drugs with prescription and over-the-counter drugs like Vicodin and Xanax than with marijuana.

* Among children as young as 11, inhaling the fumes from common household products to get high is popular and can be fatal even for first time users. Parents can use a visual glossary to discover the hidden dangers in your home.

* Being caught in possession of illegal drugs can prohibit a young person from qualifying for federal college loans.  Parents can find out about the legal, health, financial and social consequences of drug abuse.

DEA is the nation’s authoritative source on current drug trends. Because of the investigations it conducts and the seizures it makes, DEA has real-time, localized information about what drugs can be found in America’s neighborhoods. Because its regional laboratories regularly keep DEA apprised of what the labs receive, DEA can provide the public with accurate details about substances. This information is put to use in this website’s visual glossary, which contains searchable drug and paraphernalia information, photos and descriptions. If a parent finds an unknown substance in a child’s room or car, he or she can identify the substance by searching the glossary’s entries for powders, leaves, liquids or other characteristics.

Says Scott Johnson, Co-Founder and the company who designed the site, "Important Government technology initiatives such as this must be carefully branded and deliver a superior user experience to be fully successful. It is the lack of these that often causes worthy government programs to be unrecognized and underutilized. As a parent, this site speaks to me, and effectively delivers the information, resources and encouragement that I need as I fight to keep my own kids free from drugs."