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HHS Awards $4 Million to Fight Ecstasy, Club Drugs, at Local Level; Three TEXAS Programs Benefit.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced awards to begin funding 12 local programs aimed at preventing use of Ecstasy and other club drugs. The one-year awards will total $4,091,000.

Ecstasy, ketamine, rohypnol, GHB and LSD are among the club drugs rapidly finding acceptance among adolescents and college-age youth. Congress passed the Ecstasy Anti-Proliferation Act of 2000 to prevent youth acceptance of these dangerous substances.

The awards will be granted by HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

"These grants will support efforts to help young people steer clear of dangerous club drugs such as Ecstasy and rohypnol," Secretary Thompson said. "These awards will help young people recognize that club drugs can lead to date rape, addiction and death."

SAMHSA Administrator Charles Curie said: "At a time in their lives when adolescents and young adults should be studying and preparing for their futures it is a tragedy to see them instead affecting their memory and risking their lives on Ecstasy and other club drugs. These grants are designed to target funding to communities where club drugs are an emerging problem."

Grantees include:

Phoenix Houses of Texas (Houston, Texas) -- $343,000. The grantee will focus on educating young people in grades 7-11 on the dangers posed by Ecstasy and other club drugs.

Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (Texas) -- $327,127. The grantee will work to strengthen connections among primary health care providers, counselors and others working to prevent club drug use among Hispanic youth in the Rio Grande Valley.

Coalition Against Club Drug Abuse (Houston, Texas) -- $342,440. The grantee will focus on reaching youth populations identified as being at elevated risk for Ecstasy use.

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment and mental health service delivery systems.

CONTACT: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Press Office, +1-301-443-8956

Web site: http://www.samhsa.gov/
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