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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/26/2007
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
OBNDD SPOKESMAN MARK WOODWARD
(405) 521-2885 OR (800) 522-8031




MARCH AGAINST METH DAY HONORS FALLEN OBN AGENT

On March 1, 2007, students across the state of Oklahoma will be taking time out to observe the second annual "March Against Meth Day" as proclaimed by Governor Brad Henry. This year will be a tribute to Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Agent Choc Douglas Ericsson who was killed in November 2005, while trying to detain and investigate a driver under the influence of methamphetamine.

"Choc was a hero that night. The suspect was on a meth-induced rampage, and I have no doubt Choc protected a lot of people who would have been in the suspects' path that evening."

---Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman

March 1 has been chosen to raise awareness about the dangers of methamphetamine use. But this day is also an opportunity to honor those who laid down their lives in the war on drugs, including Agent Choc Ericsson and last year's honoree, Trooper Nikky Green. Oklahoma law enforcement officers throughout the state will distribute special wristbands along with a Parent Alert Letter regarding Methamphetamine. Woodward says this is a commemorative and educational effort to raise awareness.

"Oklahoma was the first state to pass a tough, groundbreaking meth law that started a ripple effect throughout the United States. Oklahoma is continuing this fight by leading the nation in a day of honor and awareness by having March 1, 2007 recognized as "March Against Meth Day" in Oklahoma."

---Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman

Assemblies and other educational programs and events are being scheduled at schools all across the state of Oklahoma on March 1st to bring awareness to the substance abuse problem, specifically methamphetamine. For more information about events and activities contact "March Against Meth" coordinator, Lori Swanson with the Department of Public Safety D.A.R.E. Office at (405) 425-2447, or OBN Public Information and Education Officer, Mark Woodward at (800) 522-8031 or (405) 521-2885.