Author: Elks Drug Awareness Program

Marijuana users between the ages of 12 and 17 were found to be twice as likely to develop a substance use disorder vs. those who initiated use between the ages of 18 and 25, according to data in a study conducted by National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers that was released on Monday. The study, which used data from participants ages 12 to 25 in the 2015-18 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health conducted by SAMHSA, was published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Alcohol, cannabis and tobacco were identified as the most commonly used substances among participants. Participants were divided…

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SAN DIEGO – Sinaloa Cartel leader Ismael Zambada-Imperial, aka “Mayito Gordo,” pleaded guilty in federal court today to drug trafficking charges following his extradition to the Southern District of California in December 2019. He also agreed to forfeit $5 million in drug trafficking proceeds. Zambada-Imperial pleaded guilty to all charges in a superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in San Diego on July 25, 2014. The indictment also charges his father, the alleged leader of the cartel, Ismael Zambada-Garcia, known as “El Mayo;” as well as another son of El Mayo, Ismael Zambada-Sicairos, known as “Mayito Flaco;” and Ivan…

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A Union, Missouri, man who was scheduled to begin his criminal jury trial today instead pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing six pounds of methamphetamine to distribute. Felix Franz Forjan, 71, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. According to the plea agreement, on Dec. 20, 2016, Forjan was driving a Ford F-250 flat-bed truck and was stopped in Nixa, Mo., by a Christian County, Mo., sheriff’s deputy, for what he believed to be an expired license plate. Forjan also had an expired driver’s license and…

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By William J. Bryan Assistant National Director In this day and under current COVID-19 restrictions, volunteers are as important as ever to the many missions of Elkdom. One thing equally important as the volunteers is recognizing them for their service. After a few years’ hiatus, the new White House Administration has re-instituted the Lifetime Achievement Award category of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The Elks Drug Awareness Program is once again certified by the Administration to approve nominations for this award. Established by executive order by President George W. Bush in 2003, this prestigious civil award was established to honor…

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Do you have middle school teachers in your Lodge? Do you host Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts? Are your local schools still holding classes virtually? Do yourmiddle schools have health classes? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you might want to go to our website for teens: elksteenzone. org. The DAP offers free online lesson plans for middle school aged children. We provide teens with facts and engage them in critical thinking about how drugs affect their lives, behaviors, and different parts of the body. In addition to the online lessons, there are articles, videos,…

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Now is the time for Lodge ERs to think about committee assignments! Nothing can be more important to your Lodge or your community than to select a hard- working Drug Awareness Chair. Now is not the time to simply provide a name or fill in a blank. Instead, assign the position to an Elk who is ready to roll up their sleeves. Find someone comfortable with meeting school officials and who believes in our future—our children. COVID-19 has taken its toll on our Order and within our communities, but the work of the DAP has consistently moved forward over this…

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As a result of the November elections, major changes to state drug laws could be on the way. Get details below. Marijuana Legalization Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota passed new initiatives to legalize marijuana possession by adults. Once the laws are in place, for three of the four states, adults 21 and older will be able to legally possess and buy small amounts of the drug. In New Jersey, the ballot measure requires the state legislature to first create a legislative framework for legalization. In a separate measure, South Dakota passed a medical marijuana provision. The three other states…

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