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DEA awards Tyler youth organization for drug prevention efforts

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The Rose City Young Marines received an award from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for their drug demand reduction efforts in the community.

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According to a release, the Tyler branch is one of five Young Marines organizations in the nation who received the award named in memory of a DEA Special Agent and Marine Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena.

The Rose City Young Marines is for boys and girls between the ages of 8-18 teaching them the importance of honoring veterans, community service and living a healthy drug free lifestyle.

“DEA encourages other young people to follow their example, by leading a drug-free lifestyle and raising awareness in our communities to stop fentanyl and other deadly drugs, and to save lives,” DEA administrator Anne Milgram said.

The Young Marines follow the Project Alert curriculum and seniors have the opportunity to become certified instructors to encourage others to be drug-free.

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“The increase in deaths due to fentanyl and other lethal and illegal drugs are tragic for our country’s young people and their families. This year, we consider the awards more important than ever. We value our relationship with the DEA, and we honor the five outstanding units who won these awards,” Col. William P. Davis, the CEO of Young Marines, said.

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