Attorney General Bill Lockyer's Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement Joins Shasta County Law Enforcement and Education Leaders On Anti-Drug Education Program

More Than 2,000 Eighth-Graders From Shasta County Public Schools Will Attend

Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

(REDDING) – California Attorney General Bill Lockyer’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) today launched a five-day anti-drug education program, called “Drug Store,” in partnership with Shasta County law enforcement and education leaders. Throughout the week, more than 2,000 eighth-graders from Shasta County public schools will attend the innovative intervention and prevention program at the Redding Convention Center.

The Drug Store program uses positive prevention messages, factual information and realistic dramatizations to educate young people about the dangers of drug use. Using realistic props, students are directed through a series of nine stations, each dramatizing a step in the life of a student who uses drugs. Participants are lead from an arrest stemming from an illegal drug purchase, to a court hearing and sentence upon conviction, and, ultimately, to a lethal drug overdose. The program concludes with a funeral dramatizing the possible consequences of making a wrong choice.

Among the state and local agencies that are participating in the Drug Store program are: Shasta County Sheriff’s Department; Redding Police Department; Shasta County District Attorney’s Office; Shasta County Probation Department; Shasta County Office of Education; California Department of Forestry; California Highway Patrol; Shasta County Department of Public Health; Shasta County Drug and Alcohol Programs; Shasta County Chemical People; Redding Fire Department; Shasta Regional Medical Center; Mercy Medical Center; American Medical Response; Empire Recovery; and Shasta and Redding Chaplains.

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