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Summer 2009 


Johnson County STOP Underage Drinking Project, Inc(formerly LEOpen) Golf Tournament


Supported by: Regional Prevention Center (program of Johnson County Mental Health Center)


Lions Gate Country Club
(Private, site of Champion’s Tour event)
14225 Dearborn Ave. OP, Kansas 66223
Format: Four-Person Scramble

Funds will support substance abuse prevention education initiatives and the STOP Scholarship Fund.

Visit http://www.4prevention.infofor registration information and http://www.jocostop.orgfor additional details.

Monday, July 6, 2009
9:30 a.m. Shotgun Start

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Entry Deadline:

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 (Please call to register after that date)

Registrations: $80.00 per person, $320.00 per team

(includes: Green Fees, Cart, Post-Tournament Meal, Trophies and Prizes):


Registration & Payment Instructions:

Registration: Please register your team online @ http://www.4prevention.info
Please mail payment to:

Johnson County STOP Underage Drinking Project, Inc.
c/o Regional Prevention Center
1125 West Spruce St
Olathe, KS 66061

Registration is complete once payment has been received. An email will be sent to the team captain to confirm registration and payment. For questions related to registration and payment please contact Nancy Keller (RPC) at: (913) 715-7880.


A silent auction will also be held during this event.

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This article appeared in the Wichita Eagle; written by Bob Lutz:

Randy Smithson lived most of his life wanting more, a desire that very nearly killed him; now he’s following a new path.

Randy Smithson has finally figured out what he wants to do when he grows up.

It takes longer for some than others. Smithson is 51, so it has taken him a while.

He is redefining himself as something other than a college basketball coach. And, even more life-altering, as something more than an addict, one who was nearly brought down over an eight-year period by an assortment of pain medication.

“I walked around numb for a number of years,” Smithson said.

Now he wants to help people who fight the same addictions to alcohol and pain medications that he has. Helping people has always been his life’s calling; he’s just going to use a different avenue to do so.


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From the Topeka Capital Journal:

University of Kansas officials get good marks on policy to notify parents of student drinking

University of Kansas students seeking relief from stress or just a bit of fun may think twice now before inviting alcohol or drugs to the party.

University officials have decided that what underage students are doing in Lawrence doesn’t necessarily have to stay in Lawrence if it involves alcohol or drugs. Henceforth, the university will inform parents when students younger than 21 are found to be in violation of drug and alcohol laws.

We welcome the change in policy at KU, and think universities that don’t phone home now when young students endanger their lives or the lives of others during an incident of substance abuse would do well to follow suit.


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May 11, 2009
CADCA Press Release




On Thursday afternoon, the Senate approved the nomination of Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske as the new Director of the White House Office of Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The Senate approved the nomination by a vote of 91-1.

CADCA strongly supported the nomination of Kerlikowske, a 36-year law enforcement veteran, from the beginning. General Dean remarked on his confirmation Thursday by stating: “We are excited about our new drug czar, and are looking forward to working closely with him. Gil Kerlikowske brings to the job a real understanding of the drug problems at the community level.”

The 59-year-old Kerlikowske has stated that while he and other officials would work to reduce the international drug supply, the biggest contribution the U.S. can make is to reduce demand for illicit drugs. Kerlikowske has called our nation’s drug abuse “an incredibly complex problem” noting that “it requires prosecutors and law enforcement, courts, treatment providers, and prevention programs to exchange information and to work together. And our priority should be a seamless, comprehensive approach.”

During his time as Seattle’s Chief of Police, Kerlikowske was credited publicly with bringing down crime rates to record lows. He is the current president of the Major City Chiefs Association, which is composed of the 56 of the largest enforcement agencies in the United States. He also served as Police Commissioner for the City of Buffalo, where he served until 1998, when he left to become the Deputy Director of the COPS program for the Department of Justice.

View the White House Press Release.

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