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Mexico receives $214 million from US for drug war 

Mexico City, Mexico - The U.S. has released $214 million of an aid package to help Mexico fight drug trafficking, including funds for five helicopters for the military to be delivered by year's end, a top State Department official said Tuesday.

The helicopters will be the first to be sent to Mexico under the Merida Initiative, a three-year, $1.4 billion program to train and equip law enforcement to deal with the ruthless cartels, said David Johnson, U.S. assistant secretary for international narcotics and law enforcement.

Full story, Associated Press

Oklahoma among 16 states targeted in media campaign

OK - New anti-methamphetamine ads start this month and target Oklahoma and 15 other states, the White House drug czar said Tuesday.

The ads appear in Oklahoma newspapers and on the Internet, television, billboards and radio. And the federal government ads will appear on gasoline pumps, said Gil Kerlikowske, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy director.

Full story, The Oklahoman

Central Oregon meth declining   

OR - The war on drugs: Is it a battle we're winning?

Local police and drug counselors say methamphetamine use is down in Central Oregon, compared to a few years ago, but the rest of the picture isn't all good news.

While fewer people are seeking treatment for meth addiction, it's still a major problem in our area. Plus, other types of drug use are skyrocketing.

Full story, KTVZ-TV

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