Communications Dept., (212)
595-5810 Ext. 7854
For Immediate Release
ACCURATE INFORMATION ON ILLICIT DRUGS AND NATION’S FIRST ONLINE
DATABASE OF TREATMENT PROGRAMS AVAILABLE ON NEW WEB SITE: WWW.DRUGHELP.ORG
Home Page To Counter Growth Of Pro-Drug Internet Sites
(New York, April 8, 1998) — Accurate information on drugs and other harmful substances
and a one-of-a-kind national database of more than 1,200 treatment programs are featured
a new web site operated by the American Council for Drug Education.
The user-friendly site offers information on the composition, patterns of use, and
effects of more than a dozen harmful substances, including alcohol, tobacco, marijuana,
cocaine and crack, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine and Ecstasy. Text and graphics also
examine such critical issues as Drugs, Alcohol & the Workplace, Drugs & Pregnancy
and Talking To Your Child About Marijuana.
“We are pleased to make this crucial material available to millions of
adolescents, parents, educators, journalists and others who use the web as a major source
of information,” says Martha Gagne’, Director of ACDE. “It is also extremely
important to offer accurate drug education and prevention material to counter the
unfortunate growth of pro-drug sites on the web.”
National Referral Database
The one-of-a-kind referral database includes locations and telephone numbers for more
than 1,200 treatment programs located across the country. It can be searched by state and
locality. There are also listings for nearly 1,800 self-help programs, support groups and
crisis centers, bringing the total number of entries to more than 3,000.
“Placing this vital information at the disposal of Web users will improve referral
services,” Ms. Gagne’ says. “The confidentiality and anonymity of the Internet
is particularly helpful in this sensitive area.”
The colorful web site also has sections on signs of drug use and intervention measures
for family, friends and others seeking help for someone they suspect is having a drug
“By using this feature, adolescents and adults can learn about symptoms and
behaviors which indicate that a family member might be experiencing a drug problem,”
Ms. Gagne explains. “Guidelines on speaking to a friend about a drug problem also
makes it possible for visitors to the site to help others.”
Developed by ACDE staff, the site can be accessed by all Web browsers.
Founded in 1977, the American Council for Drug Education (ACDE) produces and
distributes a wide range of scientifically based drug education and prevention materials
for schools, the workplace and the general public. ACDE reaches more than 200 million
people annually through print, broadcast media and film. The Council operates a 24-hour,
toll-free, confidential drug help and referral service, 1-800-DRUG-HELP.
Since 1995, ACDE has been an affiliate of Phoenix House, the nation’s leading
non-profit substance abuse treatment and prevention organization. Phoenix House treats
more than 3,000 adolescents and adults in outpatient and residential programs in New York,
New Jersey, Texas and California. Founded in 1967, Phoenix House has treated more than
70,000 people — saving lives and strengthening families and communities.
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