MEADA Succeeds Again…

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In 2013 MEADA served over 7,000 community members and youth through 6 grants totaling $3,025.  PLUS a $1,000 grant to Safe Communities of Wright County for printing & distributing to Wright County liquor stores 50,000 business cards regarding underage drinking and the new social host ordinance! AMAZING!

Above the Influence

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New State Law, DEA Cracking Down on Synthetic Drug Sellers

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State and federal authorities are tackling the growing problem of designer drugs, on two separate fronts.

On Thursday, Minnesota lawmakers trumpeted a new law that makes selling drugs like synthetic marijuana or “bath salts” a felony in the state.

And the feds revealed details about the designer drug raids they conducted around the country on Wednesday, including in Duluth.

First the local angle:

Starting next Wednesday, Aug. 1, those convicted of selling synthetic drugs in Minnesota could face five years in prison. Those who’ve had problems with these chemicals say: not a moment too soon.

Twenty-six-year-old Kyle of White Bear Lake explains, “I started smoking it a lot.” So much so that, in anticipation of a new law making synthetic marijuana illegal, Kyle loaded up on it, spending $250. “I ended up buying out the tobacco store that sold it,” he said.

Both Kyle and 23-year-old Brian of Ham Lake are currently receiving treatment for their use of chemically-created drugs, at a center in Minneapolis run by Minnesota Teen Challenge. They’ve asked not to use their last names.

“I know a lot of people tried it that probably wouldn’t have been smoking pot or been doing drugs,” Brian says.

But why? (more…)

Sober Cab

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Make sure you have a sober ride home the next time you go out with friends. Serving portions of Wright County, sober cabs can give you a ride home if you’ve had too much to drink or you can schedule a round trip and leave your car at home for the night.

Orange Cab: 763-295-8011

A+ Taxi: 763-295-8294

These socially responsible bars and restaurants may provide you with a free cab rides home if you over indulge.

Just ask the bartender about a cab to take you home for no charge – up to a $15 value.

• American Legion #260, Monticello

• American Legion #323, Clearwater

• Chatters, Monticello (more…)

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