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Date: October 17, 2003
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press
Phone: 301-443-8956



HHS Awards $4 Million To Fight Ecstasy, Club Drugs at Local Level

  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:

  Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (Tucson, Ariz.) - $343,000.  The grantee will employ one-on-one counseling, media, discussion groups and other methods to reach young individuals at risk for club drub use.

Social Advocates for Youth (San Diego/South Bay Calif.) - $343,000.  The grantee will focus on high-risk youth in three age groups to promote high community norms involving “club drug” use and their connection with “rave” events.

Community Action Partnership (Kern County, Calif.) - $341,212.  The grantee will integrate ecstasy and other club drugs prevention, education, and intervention efforts for middle school and high school students.

California State University (Long Beach, Calif) - $341,221.  The grantee will target male club drug users and others at-risk for HIV.

Pittsburg Pre-School and Community Council (Contra Costa County, Calif.) - $342,568.  The grantee will develop community-driven, peer-based prevention services to prevent or reduce club drug use among teens, college students, other young adults, and older adults at risk for club drug use.      

Center for Drug-Free Living (Orlando, Florida)-  $343,000.  This program is designed to impact both the shared and individual environments of youth and proposes a coordinated community-based approach to address the risks of ecstasy and other club drug use.

Gateway Community Services (Fla.)- $343,000.   The grantee will provide ecstasy and other club drug prevention interventions to 200 at-risk middle and high school youth in Daytona and Jacksonville, Florida.

Washington County DHHS Commission of Children and Families, Parents and Youth Together program (Washington County, Ore.) - $338,856.  The grantee will focus on 8th grade and older students at risk for club drug use by building anti-drug leadership and involving such groups as the Police Activities League.

Oregon Partnership (Portland, Ore.) - $342,576.  The grantee will work to prevent experimentation with club drugs by means of filmmaking and community outreach approaches.

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 accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation’s substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment and mental health service delivery systems.




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