And The Coalition For A Drug Free Greater Cincinnati Host
MAY 1--Cincinnati, OH- On May 1st, 2003, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Coalition for a Drug Free Greater Cincinnati hosted "Operation X-Out" at the University of Cincinnati. Operation X-Out is a national DEA initiative to increase public awareness and increase enforcement efforts relating to club and predatory drugs that have escalated in use both as recreational drugs and sexual assault facilitators.
Those who attended the forum
received presentations on the emerging club and predatory drugs, the dangers
of these drugs, and direction for how to get the information to those
groups most at risk. DEA Dangerous Drugs and Chemicals Section Chief Dennis
Wichern provided a comprehensive overview of the nation drug trends and
insight on patterns of trafficking that may affect the Greater Cincinnati
in the near future.
"George", a local teenager from Cincinnati, provided powerful testimony regarding the devastation he personally experienced while addicted to club drugs. "George" has been clean for two years and works with "Kids Helping Kids", which helps young people work with their peers to overcome substance abuse.
"These programs are a critical part of reducing club and predatory drug use throughout the Midwest. We [DEA] have to reach the kids that are most at risk to use these dangerous substances, which have been documented to cause long term central nervous system and cognitive memory impairment. The DEA is counting on these peers to relay the information of how dangerous these substances are and the long term health effects suffered from repeated use," said Michael A. Braun, DEA Special Agent in Charge for the Detroit Field division, which oversees offices in Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky.