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Drug Awareness Trailer and "Elroy" the Elk




  Thanks to a donation from the Grand Lodge and the dedication of the ELKS of New Hampshire, the State Association is the proud owner of our own DRUG AWARENESS TRAILER. This trailer is an 8.5 ft.X 16 ft. (20 ft. including the tongue) vendor style w/ 2 flip up windows on the side, double axl, and electric brakes. It has a 2 5/16 inch tow hitch and it's registered gross weight is 7000 lb. The electricity to the trailers interior is supplied using a typical 110 volt extension cord and has a gas generator for use where there is no electricity. This trailer is available for use by any lodge at a Lodge or Community function. All that needs to be done is fill out the request form to schedule the trailer, and then coordinate to pick up and return the trailer after your use.


Information and Q&A on Elroy the Elk "click Here"





Drug Awareness Trailer and "Elroy" the Elk Request Form







Drug Awareness Trailer and "Elroy's" Schedule and Availability Calendar




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Fellow NH Elks,
This hard hitting letter comes to us from a grieving mother in NJ, but it could just as well be from a mother in NH. If you have not yet found interest in what is happening across our country due to our liberal attitude toward drugs (including marijuana), I suggest you start paying attention.


The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 192-140 to kill a bill that would have legalized possession of one ounce of marijuana for personal use. The bill, HB 492, passed by the House in January (170-162) and was sent to the Ways and Means Committee, where it was voted to recommend inexpedient to legislate. Thanks to your advocacy, the House reversed itself and voted to kill 492! This is reason to celebrate. A big thank you to each and everyone who made a call, sent an email or letter to our legislators. Regardless of how you feel about legalization of pot, passage of this bill would not have been good for New Hampshire's youth.


Click here for 2013-2014 DA poster and Assay winners


Gateway Drug- Fact or Fiction?


Marijuana is the most consistent gateway drug. More hard-drug users can link their first drug days to this substance. Young users are three to five times more likely to eventually move on to harder drugs. One study by The Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University showed that adolescents who used marijuana were 85 times more likely to use cocaine than adolescents who abstained. The same study’s results showed that children who smoked it before they turned 15 years old would have a much greater chance of going on to harder drugs. The theory of gateway drugs is simple and logical. If you use light drugs at a younger age, you are more likely to make use of the hard drugs later on in life.
The Fact:
Studies show that more than 90% of hard drug users started by using lighter drugs


Thank you for voting in favor of the ordinance to ban the possession of, or sale of synthetic drugs in local stores

Do you want this in NH?



National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back day is April 26th. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans. However, expired medications or unused drugs often stay in the back of cabinets for months or even years. These expired drugs can pose significant health hazards to toddlers, teens and even family pets. Some medications are so potent that even one dose could be fatal if accidentally ingested. Isn't it time to get rid of those prescription drugs you have around the house? You certainly don't want to flush them down the drain or toilet anymore. Though you can "take back" medications any day in most areas, this event provides a unified opportunity to the public to surrender expired, unwanted, unused prescription drugs and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. This one day effort brings national focus to the issue of prescription drug abuse. For locations and disposal guidelines go to http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ or check with your local police department.



New things are always happening with the Elks DAP, check it out and spread the word. www.elkskidszone.org



EDITORIAL: The president of pot "click here for full story"

The stigma of addled stupidity goes up in smoke President Obama says smoking pot is no big deal. Not every man who has lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has been a paragon of virtue, nor is perfection expected there (or anywhere else). But it's jarring when the president of the United States plays apologist for vice. In an interview with The New Yorker magazine, Mr. Obama expressed indifference to the mainstreaming of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, and the inroads toward legalization pot has made in other states. "As has been well documented," he told the magazine, "I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol." Marijuana is an analgesic that produces euphoria - not exactly the mental state that compels a user to get off his duff and accomplish his life's goals. Today's weed is not your father's reefer. The modern variety is genetically modified and contains a potency that has nearly tripled over the past two decades. The president's own White House Office of Drug Control Policy says so. The new "Rocky Mountain high" is much loftier than the president may remember from his younger days. "He's living in the past," says John P. Walters, the drug czar in the George W. Bush administration. Mr. Walters observes that heavy use of ganja typically reduces a person's IQ by 7 points. A new federal study finds that 6.5 percent of high school seniors get stoned daily. That's a brain drain the nation can't afford. Mr. Obama is equally unfazed by the implications of transforming America into a stoner nation. Out-of-state buyers loading up grass to take home in places where the prohibition of pot is still enforced, a spike in the number of children winding up in the emergency room after ingesting their parents' marijuana-laced food, and a jump in auto fatalities resulting from THC-impaired driving have followed legalization. Americans love to root for the rebel, but the president who gives a free pass to dope is not a freedom fighter. Mr. Obama is comfortable enabling his NSA spies to watch Americans playing a game of Angry Birds on their iPhone, read through every titillating text message and browse through family photos. He isn't working to get government to leave people alone, which may be why pollsters find it increasingly difficult to uncover an American who says United States is headed in "the right direction." By arguing that regular ganja use is merely "a bad habit," the president has displayed the addled thinking for which potheads are known, more evidence that it's wise to get medical advice from a physician, not a politician.


"Obama Care Heroin"

"Chronic marijuana use may alter brain structure, study finds"

"Dabbing" Dotors are concerned new ways to abuse drugs

Marijuana Use in Adolescence, But Not Adulthood, Linked to Permanent Brain Damage

AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OPPOSES MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION; SUPPORTS HEALTH-FIRST APPROACH TO MARIJUANA USE

Portable Pot Vaporizers are Easy to Hide by Teens

Weekly Dose of NH Drug and Alcohol News Dec. 10,2013


Weekly Dose of NH Drug and Alcohol News Nov. 25,2013


Weekly Dose of NH Drug and Alcohol News Nov 18,2013

Elks Natinal Drug Awareness Press Release "What is Krokodil?"





Good News of the Day: Silk Road underground website shut down by feds




It seems that we were so excited this year to have Mrs. Camarena attend our training that we forgot to include in the thumb drive the Nomination Forms and the Criteria for the Award! You will recall that the excellent Task Force, headed by Gerry Kirkland and Lennie Bucci, provided you with the complete list of DEA contact individuals to make it much easier to locate a nominee in your State! You are not required to use their input, but if you are experiencing difficulties in getting Lodges in your State to participate…why not contact them?
If Mrs. Camarena did not give you enough reason to participate in this Award process, then you better see a heart specialist! All kidding aside, folks, this is a no-brainer and a win-win situation for you; your State; the Elks Organization and America!

Attached you will find the necessary forms to submit a nominee. The first form is for the Lodge to fill out; the second form is for you to fill out. Keep track of the deadlines and stay on top of them. The last attachment is the criteria for submitting a nominee.

Let's honor the memory of "Kiki" and have as many States possible submit an application. As always, thanks for what you do.

From Kent Gade (National Director

Here are the Registration forms for submitting for the ENRIQUE S. CAMARENA AWARD CRITERIA for State, Lodge levels Click on the links below.

2013 Camarena Criteria    2013 Lodge Nomination form Camarena Award    2013 State Nomination form Camarena Award   




Inquring Minds have the NEED to Know the TRUTH!!!!
To find out more click on the links below


Fellow Anti-Drug Advocates,
Another example of what we are up against. Following information provided by one of our coalition partners.
Joe Giunta, Chairman
NH State Elks
Drug Awareness Program

The Drug Policy Alliance is funded by George Soros, through his "Open Society." Their aim is to legalize all drugs. Unfortunately, they and their millions of dollars, are reaching too many of our kids and too many uninformed adults. Our work is really cut out for us.
Best Always, Gerri

The Weed Blog reported today that the Drug Policy Alliance has produced a new video that will be aired during the premiere of the final season of AMCs runaway hit show Breaking Bad (about a high school science teacher who becomes a meth cook). The video is part of DPA's efforts to legalize ALL drugs. The video link is included below.
National pro-drug organizations like DPA and the Marijuana Policy Project are spending millions to convince voters and politicians that we should surrender to the drug culture. If these organizations were truly concerned about eliminating the harms of drug use, they would use their wealth to educate and motivate people to abstain from drugs instead of normalizing drug use to the detriment of our children, families, communities, and nation.

What Breaking Bad REALLY Tells Us about the War on Drugs on Vimeo
http://vimeo.com/71756841



Dear Fellow NH Elks,

A majority of our NH house members have been in favor of medi-pot for quite some time, but our NH senate was opposed; however, because the bill became more restrictive over the last couple of years our senate weakened and became more receptive to the idea, fortunately our last Governor was opposed to medi-pot and vetoed bills twice. Our new governor ran on a platform of being receptive to a medi-pot bill, so it is no surprise that yesterday she signed a bill to allow people with critical illnesses to posses up to two ounces of pot for therapeutic use. As far as I'm concerned any of these bills that pass are bad news; however, if there is any good side to this story it is that amendments were passed which helped to make the bill quite restrictive. Only a hand full of regulated and licensed dispensaries will be allowed to disperse the pot and NO home grown will be allowed. One other thing, because of their debate about whether or not pot is medicine, the bill got renamed from the "medical marijuana" bill to the "therapeutic marijuana" bill. We (the NH State Elks) have spent many hours fighting all of these NH drug friendly bills and should be very disappointed with medi-pot passing, but we should also feel gratified that we have held off the passing of the decriminalization and legalization bills. I thank each and every one of you for your help and support in this effort. I will be looking for your continued support, because as you know, the efforts to pass these bills will continue.

In service to our youth,
Joe Giunta, chairman
NH State Elks Association
Drug Awareness Program


Elks National Drug Awareness Program Press Release


U.S. launches biggest crackdown on designer drugs

By Ian Simpson
ARLINGTON, Va., June 26

(Reuters) - U.S. authorities carried out their biggest sweep against designer synthetic drugs on Wednesday, cracking down on potentially dangerous herbal blends marketed to young people, the Drug Enforcement Administration said. Law enforcement officers carried out more than 150 arrest warrants and nearly 375 search warrants in 35 U.S. states and five countries, the DEA said. More than 770 pounds (350 kg) of synthetic drugs have been seized in the last three days, it said. DEA officials told a news conference that colorfully packaged drugs with such names as "Rush," "Spice" and "Mister Happy" were being targeted at teenagers and young adults through stores and street sales. "It's specifically marketed for the most vulnerable part of our society," said James Capra, the DEA's chief of operations. Millions of dollars from the sale of the drugs has been traced back to countries in the Middle East and elsewhere, he said. He declined to link the synthetic drugs to anti-American extremists in the Middle East but said they had relied on sales of illicit drugs as a source of funds in the past. Designer synthetic drugs are often marketed as herbal incense, bath salts, jewelry cleaner or plant food. They are made up of plant material that has been infused with psychoactive compounds that mimic THC, the active ingredient of marijuana, the DEA said. Abuse of the drugs can lead to seizures, vomiting, loss of consciousness and overdose deaths, the DEA said in a statement. The number of emergency room visits associated with the drugs reached 28,531 in 2011, more than twice the number the year before, it said. Derek Maltz, special agent in charge of the DEA's special operations division, said the source of the synthetic drugs was Asia, especially India and China. Law enforcement officers also took part in operations in Canada, Panama, Barbados and Australia, the DEA statement said. Since the agency's campaign against designer synthetic drugs began in December 2012, more than 75 arrests have been made and nearly $15 million in cash and assets seized, it said.
(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Carol Bishopric)


Elks National Drug Awareness Program
Kent Gade
National Director
Elks Drug Awareness Program



Oppose Federal Marijuana Madness
Plymouth Elks #2312 Drug Awarness Awards Night
Rochester Elks #1393 has a State Drug Awareness Poster Contest Winner
NHSEA Drug Awareness Poster and Essay Winners for 2013
2013 Elks Drug Awareness Poster Contest - Rochester Lodge #1393

Drug Awareness - A request for HELP

[What really are consequences]  [Whats an ounce]  [Whats Really Ironic]  [Whats Really Medical]
[Who is using]  [Whos Really in Prison]  W[hos really paying]  [What Research]
"Why We Need A Revolution DFA Exposes Marijuana--the Harm to Youth 9-18-12"
The latest Information on Drug Awareness click on the links below:

LA has finally had enough with these pot "clinics" bans marijuana shops - they have had it!
    Unable to rein in hundreds of medical pot shops that blossomed around the nation's second-biggest metropolis,
the Los Angeles City Council banned them Tuesday until the state's highest court weighs in.
The 14-0 vote drew an angry, profanity-laced response from some medical marijuana advocates who attended the council meeting.


Last week, Oregon became the third state that will vote this November on a ballot measure to legalize marijuana, joining Colorado and Washington.
"Legalization is unprecedented - not even the Netherlands has done it - it is entirely possible it will happen this year,"
said Jonathan Caulkins, co-author of "Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know." Click on link for full story.



In case you haven't heard, the Feds have made K-2 / Spice illegal. Please visit the link below for more information.
http://sfgyc.com/k2-and-spice-now-illegal-tools-for-parents/2012/07/03/

California pot dispensaries told to shut down - US news - Crime & courts - msnbc.com
Weed Wars & the Discovery Channel
Faces of Meth II (Show to your friends & family)
Town of Franklin, NH Ordinace regarding the sale and possession of The synthetic drug K2 & Spice.
City bans sales of synthetic drug
Drug Awareness Poster contest winners For 2011 - 2012





From the Deep South to California, emergency calls are being reported over-exposure to the stimulants the powders often contain: mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV.
Meth is Making a Comeback!!


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Attention - Legislators

    Feds Warn That Medi-Pot States are in Direct Violation of Federal Law On April 13th, the Governor of the State of Washington sent a letter to the Attorney General of the United States asking him for the Department of Justice's guidance on pending medi-pot legislation pending in his state.In a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice sent late last week to Washington Governor Gregoire, federal prosecutors warn that federal law on marijuana cultivation and sale will be upheld regardless of state medi-pot laws. Many policy experts believe the letter provides clear guidance to those who may have misinterpreted the Ogden Memorandum back in October of 2009, which stated that the government would not use its limited resources to arrest seriously ill patients using marijuana under the guise of medicine. “There is definitely no room for misunderstanding now,” said Calvina Fay Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation and Save Our Society From Drugs. “The Department of Justice will prosecute ‘medical’ marijuana programs to include dispensaries and sellers or growers of marijuana. If the state government is involved, such as when they regulate dispensaries or give out ‘medical’ marijuana cards, their employees will be subject to prosecution. I hope this much needed clarification helps other state legislators make a more informed decision when voting on medi-pot bills.”
“With the recent raids on marijuana dispensaries in California, Michigan and Montana, it is clear the Feds are cracking down on bogus medi-pot operations, drug trafficking groups and doctors who are writing marijuana recommendations to anyone and everyone,” said David Evans, Policy Advisor for Drug Free America Foundation and Executive Director of Drug Free Schools Coalition. “This is a game changer that will hopefully curb the egregious abuses that have continuously occurred since California’s Prop 215 passed in 1996.”

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Fellow NH Elk Members and Friends, Hard work pays off. Thank you to Don Chesnel for forwarding the good news about last nights NH Senate vote to postpone any vote on the so called "medical marijuana" bill until next year; to me that is a WIN. I need to thank any and all who took the time to contact the NH State Senator in opposition to this bill, I am convinced that we had a large part to play in this decision. As a result "marijuana" will be less likely to fall into the hands of the youth of our state for another year. This vote does not reflect a lack of compassion, there are pharmaceutical drugs that have the same effect as "smoked marijuana" without the negative health effects of smoking. As you know, we will be facing this and other "drug friendly" issues again as time goes on; I hope I can continue to count on your help. Thank you for your devotion to our youth and the Elks Youth Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program.
Yours in the battle,
Joe Giunta, Chairman

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Please visit http://www.justice.gov/dea/index.htm for location information regarding the April 30th Prescription Drug Take Back Program. As you can see below, the DEA was very successful with the first ever Prescription Drug Take Back Day by receiving over 242,000 lb. of prescription drugs to be disposed of properly; which, will keep them out of the hands of our children. Just go to the site, click "location near you" then put NH in the locator and hit search; all NH locations will appear.
Thank you for your participation.


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  Some information has come to my attention that I thought might interest you. The Montana senate passed HB 161, a bill to REPEAL the states current "medical marijuana" program, by a 28-22 vote. The bill is now on its way to the Governor. I'm confident that the reversal of the initial vote is based on problems that have arisen since it's implementation. A NO vote on the proposed NH "medical marijuana" bill would save New Hampshire from having to experiencing unnecessary hardship.Attached you will find some very informative posters that address some drug related questions and issues.

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STATE DRUG AWARENESS SUBCOMMITTEES
Name Address Phone / E-mail Program * District Chair
*Frank Mello Jr.,PER, PDD, PSP 24 Wellington Dr.
Laconia, NH 03246
603-524-5936 Promise Grants Northeast:
Laconia, Franklin, plymouth
*Larry Benson,PER, 150 Far Hill Rd.
Littleton, NH 03561
603-444-3170
irahs@myfairpoint.net
Camarena Award Northwest:
Littleton,Lebanon, Claremont
*Micheal Norway,PER 22 Watson St.
Nashua, NH 03064
603-320-2223
coyot862@gmail.com
Red Ribbon Week, Trailer & Elroy Scheduling Southwest:
Keene, Concord/Epsom, Nashua, Manchester
*Beverly Collins P.O Box 425
Epsom, NH 03234
603-736-8806
bfcol@metrocast.net
Essay Contest
Poster Contest
The State of NH
Joe Giunta, PER, PDD, PSP P.O. Box 44
Sanbornton, NH 03269
603-286-8683
jollygiunta@mybluelight.com
NH State Elks Association Drug Awareness Chair
Contact the District Chairman or State Chairman for distribution of Drug Awareness literature for your respective Lodges