DrugHelp Online provides accurate information on drugs and treatment referrals


Communications Dept., (212)

595-5810 Ext. 7854

For Immediate Release



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

on www.drughelp.org,

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.”

Intervention Measures

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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