GUAM LAUNCHES NATIONAL ‘ICE’ AWARENESS DAY

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By Eric Palacios

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Dec. 1) – In an effort to raise awareness on the perils associated with the drug known as ice on Guam, several federal and local law enforcement agencies launched their public outreach programs in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice-sponsored National Methamphetamine Awareness Day.

U.S. Attorney Leonardo Rapadas said the anti-drug campaign would be more than just the tabletop display yesterday at Guam Premier Outlets.

"We're going to hit new venues, get into the villages and the schools and meet with youth groups in the coming year to raise even more awareness on this evil," Rapadas said.

"And the youth are the most vulnerable today," he said.

Rapadas added that yesterday's event was unique in that, being a national event, it was held at the same time as in every state and federal jurisdiction to highlight the "nationwide efforts to increase awareness and decrease demand" of the addictive drug.

The crystallized form of the drug is the most prevalent of illegal drugs on Guam, Rapadas said, and accounts for about 90 percent of total seizures.

"We're making headway," Tony Marquez, resident agent in-charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration on Guam, said, in reference to Drug Enforcement Administration's enforcement efforts.

But in addition to the seizures of people attempting to sneak in the drug through Guam's ports of entry, local officials have said they have discovered more drug labs that have been set up to manufacture ice on Guam.

As part of the Department of Justice's national effort to combat the use of methamphetamine, an educational presentation was created and is available to the public on the DOJ Web site, www.usdoj.gov/methawareness.

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