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E.D. Plans To Mail 80,000 Copies Of 10 Anti-Drug Films to Schools

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Washington--The Education Department plans to mail nearly 80,000 videotaped copies of 10 short films aimed at curbing drug abuse by students to schools this month.

At a press conference announcing the move here last week, Secretary of Education Lauro F. Cavazos said the films enlarge upon the Reagan Administration's theme of making personal decisions to avoid drug abuse.

"These new programs are honest and direct," Mr. Cavazos said. "They show the dangers of drug use and they provide students with realistic alternatives to peer pressure. They help teach students how to say 'No,' which is sometimes a very difficult thing for them to do."

The films were produced over a two-year period by eight independent producers, using a $5.5-million e.d. grant. They were mandated by the Congress under the Drug-free Schools and Communities Act. Aimed at students from elementary through high school, the programs feature such celebrities as the Academy Award-winning actor4Louis Gossett Jr., the Emmy-award winning actor Richard Kiley, and Kirk Cameron, star of the ''Growing Pains" television program.

The mailing is the largest such effort ever undertaken by the department, officials said. Copies of the tapes will be sent to school superintendents, private schools, and state departments of education, as well as to Indian and Defense Department schools.

In addition to the mass mailing, the programs will also will be transmitted to public television stations for distribution nationwide.

The tapes also may be borrowed from The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, Md. 20852; or from one of the ed's Regional Centers for Drug-free Schools and Communities.

For more information, write to Louie E. Mathis at the Drug Video Program, Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington D.C. 20202; or call (202) 732-4637.

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