Attorney General Bill Lockyer's Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement Joins Oakland Police Department and Education Leaders On Anti-Drug Education Program

More Than 300 Sixth-Graders From Oakland Public Schools Attend

Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

(TREASURE ISLAND) – California Attorney General Bill Lockyer’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) today launched a one-day anti-drug education program, called “Drug Store,” in partnership with the Oakland Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and education leaders. Joined by Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown, more than 300 sixth-graders from Oakland schools attended the innovative intervention and prevention program at the Treasure Island Job Corps 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, local and federal agencies that are participating in the Drug Store program are: California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement; City of Oakland Police Department; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Oakland Unified School District; U.S. Department of Labor; Treasure Island Job Corps Center; Children’s Hospital of Oakland; California National Guard; California Highway Patrol; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Marine Reserve; WalMart of Oakland; Superior Court of California, County of Alameda; County of Alameda Probation Department; American Medical Response and Skyline High School Performing Arts Department.

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