Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc.

To lessen the demand for illicit drugs through education.



The Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force and Ohio PTA have teamed up against the ongoing need to limit early alcohol and other drug use and halt the opioid epidemic.  It has become evident that education and early prevention is the best long-term solution. As a result, the Drug Education School Challenge (D.E.S.C.) was created to encourage schools to improve and more consistently deliver student and parent drug/mental health education, and to recognize those schools throughout Ohio doing the best job in providing outstanding drug prevention curricula and programs.

The success of D.E.S.C. will depend largely on community encouragement, school participation and donor financial support.  

By clicking on the "Donate" button above, you will be redirected to a secure online processing site, sponsored by PayPal. Donations may be paid for with either your PayPal account or major credit / debit cards. Drug Awareness & Prevention is the Fiscal Agent for DESC.


Marijuana and Other Drugs of Addiction:

What Educators Need to Know

On Septebmer 27th 3:00PM-4:00PM EST, Nancy E. Pommerening, OCPS and Director: Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc. will be provide an overview of marijuana, its dangers, and how youth attitudes towards it have changed in a special online seminar. In addition, we will examine other illicit drugs, the process of addiction, and possible solutions to the opiate crisis and other substances of abuse..




Thank you to our Sponsors, speakers, donors and attendees!  It was a wonderful event and we raised funds to bring prevention education to the Westshore communites of Cleveland's western suburbs. Channel 19 News' Sara Goldenberg did a story about the event, and here is the link to the story!  It is not too late to contribute if you wish to help out!

The Epidemic

Why is Heroin Use on the rise?

Opioid prescription drug dependence is at an epidemic level in the United States.  At a street price of $1 per milligram, Rx addiction becomes very expensive.  Regulations designed to make it more difficult to abuse prescription painkillers are leading to an increase in heroin addiction.  Heroin is the street alternative to opiate pills.  A balloon of heroin (approx.. 1/10 of a gram) retails on the street for about $10 in Columbus, Ohio.

  • One in five teens (4.5 million) has abused Rx drugs
  • One in three teens surveyed say ther is “noting wrong” with abusing prescription drugs” every once in a while.
  • The truth of the matter is, once you get involved with heroin – you have to fight your way out.

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Workplace Safety Programs

A Drug-Free Workplace can increase productivity and save money.  We work with you on your Written Policy, and provide required Employee Education, and Supervisor Training.

Workplace Drug or Alcohol Abuse affects you:

  • 74% of drug addicts are employed
  • Substance abuse is responsible for over 50% of workplace theft
  • U.S. employers are held responsible by courts or the public for substance abuse by their employees
  • 15% to 17% of U.S. employees affect their workplace through substance abuse.

See details or email us at info@DrugAwarenessAndPrevention.org.



 Danica Juillerat says she's shocked by the impact of drugs on the brain. [photo: Kevin Niedermier/ wksu]

Danica Juillerat says she's shocked by the impact of drugs on the brain.

[photo: Kevin Niedermier/ wksu]

Beating Ohio's Heroin Epidemic Begins in Kindergarten

Director Nancy Pommerening was recently inverviewed by Kevin Niedermier at WKSU radio, Kent State University.  The result was an article titled "Beating Ohio's Heroin Epidemic Begins in Kindergarten."

The article came about as a result of Attorney General DeWine's recent summit on the current opiate crisis facing Ohio that was held in Cleveland, Ohio on April 1,  2016  called "Taking Back Our Communities."  At that summit, AG DeWine asked Pommerening to talk about the Brain Power program. 

There was great interest from the audience in the concept of prevention through early and consistent education.  Further in the inteview, there is a segment from Jeanne Senchak, a counselor from the Austintown Schools, one of the first adopters of the Brain Power program.  Mrs. Senchak explains how the program actually works in a public school setting.  The audio version that was broadcast on public radio's Ideastream is available here: