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White House kicks off a new anti-drug program

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- The White House kicked off a new anti-drug program aimed at getting teens to stay above the influence.

Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske stopped in Milwaukee to announce the initiative. According to a recent survey, ten percent of the young people in Wisconsin between the ages of 12 and 17 are using illegal drugs.

Kerlikowske says The Influence Project is driven by teens talking to their peers about the dangers of using drugs. It features the thoughts and attitudes of young people who have made the decision not to be involved with drugs.

Kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Milwaukee seem to get the message loud and clear.  Some say they try to spread the word for others to stay away from drugs.

Steven McCarver, a Milwaukee resident says, "Marijuana and weed, and a lot of crack cocaine that's going through my neighborhood and people do it a lot so I try to preach to people and tell people you can be better than that, you can do better."

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