Drug-Free World joins the police at “Beat the Streets” to counter opioid, heroin abuse with the Truth About Drugs

Community member signing pledge to stay drug-free

Police officer signing pledge to stay drug-free

Community member viewing Drug-Free World booklets at Beat the Streets event

The Truth About Drugs Education Package contents are an effective tool educators can use against youth ignorance of drug dangers

Drug-Free World provides materials for free in 22 languages. The Truth About Drugs is a series of fourteen illustrated drug information booklets containing facts about the most commonly abused drugs.

As the nation’s capital re-opens, popular “Beat the Streets” community and police events resume with youth taking pledge to stay drug-free.

I have found working with the police has given us an opportunity to reach deep into our neighborhoods to bring them the truth about drugs.”

— Ms. Thalia Ghiglia, Drug-Free World’s faith liaison

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, July 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — In 2005 the Washington, DC, School Resource Unit of the DC Metropolitan Police Department formed a unique program which enabled police, nonprofits, and other agencies to reach deep into the DC neighborhoods to help combat crime and drug abuse. This series of events is called Beat the Streets.

Every week during the summer months as part of its Beat the Streets series of events, the DC Metropolitan Police Department closes a neighborhood street and sets up nonprofit and government agency vendor tents, live music, and food for a whole afternoon. This year the Beat the Streets program has greatly expanded holding events on three separate days each week reaching over 30 neighborhoods.

For years the Foundation for a Drug-Free World (DFW) has participated annually in the Beat the Streets events providing its drug prevention educational material to community leaders and citizens in Washington, DC.

“One of the activities we have been doing this summer is our Drug-Free Pledge project where youth and adults pledge to be drug-free. In addition, we help educate people about heroin and the devastating and often deadly effects of opioids laced with fentanyl,” said The Foundation for a Drug-Free World’s faith liaison Ms. Thalia Ghiglia. “I have found working with the police has given us an opportunity to reach deep into our neighborhoods to bring them the truth about drugs.”

Last year, no events were held due to the pandemic but with infection rates greatly decreased and city restrictions lowered citizens are coming out and participating in more community events.

Beat the Streets this summer consists of a 4-hour block of time where community members of all ages enjoy musical performances in a street-festival-like environment. This is an opportunity for members of the community to get to know members of the police department while enjoying the vendor information tables, music, free food and fun.

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World’s booth displays its colorful Truth About Drugs series of 14 educational booklets and DVDs, making copies available free to residents, police, community leaders and others. The drug prevention materials are unique in that they explain how drugs affect a person physically as well as mentally and with this information a person can make his own choice.

There are many local chapters of The Foundation for a Drug-Free World around the United States that work with law enforcement, nonprofit and community groups. In Washington, DC, The Foundation for a Drug-Free World volunteers collaborate with the US Attorney’s Office DC, East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, DC Prevention Centers, Metropolitan Police and many other organizations working to defeat the opioid and heroin epidemic.

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free. The free booklets, in 22 languages, are used in thousands of schools and social programs to help youth with factual information about the drugs they may be offered. Copies of the booklets, DVDs, information kits and education kits can be ordered free of charge by going to www.drugfreeworld.org.

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Newton Biocapital invests in EditForce to develop a unique DNA/RNA editing platform based on PPR protein technology

Newton Biocapital

TOKYO, JAPAN, July 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Newton Biocapital (“Newton”), a life sciences investment fund active in Europe and Japan and focused on the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases, has announced its follow-up investment in EditForce, Inc. (“EditForce”) in Japan. As a lead investor, Newton invested EUR 3.1 million (JPY 400 million) in EditForce as part of a total tranche of EUR 10 million.

With this investment, EditForce will continue research and development of its unique, proprietary gene-editing platform. Based on pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) protein technology, the platform enables precise editing of not only DNA but also RNA. Due to its differentiated mode of action, this novel technology has the potential to impact upon a range of industries, including pharmaceutical, agricultural, and biomanufacturing. EditForce owns several pipelines, both with other partners and independently. The focus is currently set on increasing innovation in treatments for RNA abnormality diseases, with EditForce developing a wide range of applications in other therapeutic fields as well.

Takashi Ono, CEO of EditForce: “We’re very pleased to be supported by Newton, which has a wealth of investment experience and achievements in the biotechnology and life science businesses. We have our unique gene editing platform technology, especially advantageous to editing abnormal RNAs. We have already acquired significant drug efficacy data for genetic disease model animals, and will continue to take this opportunity to further acquire data and enhance pipelines.”

Yao Li, Investment Director at Newton: “EditForce’s unique PPR-based approach for gene editing enables not only DNA editing but also RNA editing. Their recent proof of concept achievement and follow-up studies on RNA abnormality disease demonstrates the great potential of the technology. We believe it will trigger strong market interest in the medical field and beyond, eventually providing an effective alternative solution to CRISPR-Cas9.”

Alain Parthoens, Managing Partner of Newton: “We’re pleased to be supporting this extremely promising technology emerging from Japan’s world-class academic sphere. We see enormous benefit to connecting Japanese life sciences with European financing, as the synergy between the two enables the development of innovative solutions, such as EditForce’s PPR protein technology, with the potential to improve lives around the world.”

About EditForce
Launched in 2015 at Kyushu University, EditForce is developing a proprietary DNA/RNA editing technology known as PPR protein platform technology. With the vision of “New Tools Lead to a New World”, the company is committed to offering this new DNA/RNA manipulating tool to a wide range of bio-related industries including medical, chemical, and agricultural. For more information, please visit: https://www.editforce.co.jp/en/

About PPR platform technology
PPR is a protein that was discovered in plants, which regulates the gene expression by binding RNA or DNA in a sequence-specific manner. PPR proteins are also found in humans and yeasts, where they have similar functions to those of plants. Dr. Takahiro Nakamura (Professor, Kyushu University, and the advisor of EditForce) and Dr. Yusuke Yagi (CTO, EditForce) focused on PPR proteins and elucidated the recognition mode of RNA/DNA by PPR proteins. This elucidation paved the way to a new technology for the rational design of artificial PPR proteins targeted to specific RNA/DNA sequences. Versatile DNA/RNA editing tools can be created by integrating the PPR protein with various enzymes.

About Newton Biocapital
Brussels, Belgium; Alain Parthoens, Managing Partner
Newton Biocapital is a Venture Capital Firm incorporated in Belgium in 2017, focused on financing biotech and life science projects in Europe and Japan for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. The fund’s approach as a lead investor is to support promising start-up projects as well as neglected or undervalued late-stage projects, in order to mitigate the risks and to create investor value. Newton’s portfolio includes a mix of European and Japanese companies, and the leadership team consists of specialists with long-standing management and investor experience who coach bio-entrepreneurs through the development stages of their projects. Newton Biocapital’s mission is to generate substantial financial and societal value by providing innovative and affordable solutions to patients. https://www.newtonbiocapital.com/

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Lyme Disease; the Great Imitator Misdiagnosed as Arthritis

Ticks cause Lyme disease that mimics arthritis

The Lyme Disease Cure by Dr. Cass Ingram

Author The Lyme Disease Cure

Dr. Cass Ingram

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Example of a tick bite

Dr. Cass Ingram informs readers and listeners about Lyme Disease and the difficulty in diagnosing as it imitates arthritis, joint pain, and other health issues.

Lyme disease actually invades the deepest recesses of the joint. Thereafter, it seems to selectively hide in the joint capsule, where it causes significant inflammation as well as tissue destruction.”

— Dr. Cass Ingram

BUFFALO GROVE, IL, UNITED STATES, July 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Lyme disease cases are spiking as summer, also known as the tick season, kicks into high gear. Lyme disease is potentially life-threatening, and the CDC estimates the annual number of cases at half a million. Dr. Cass Ingram, nutritional physician and author of The Lyme Disease Cure, cautions people that this number is thought to be on the low side as many cases are hidden and misdiagnosed. The diagnosis difficulties result from Lyme Disease being the great imitator; mimicking arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, and other health issues.

There are several types of life-threatening ticks including the black-legged deer tick, lone star tick, wood tick, and others. These ticks inject unusually destructive types of bacteria known as “spirochetes” into the human body.

Ticks are barely visible to the naked eye and in years past were found only in the Northeastern states. Now, per the CDC, they are found in most states across the U.S.

One of the difficulties in diagnosing the disease is that people do not know they have been bitten or they do not see the common red target ring(s) around a bite, so they do not alert their doctor to the possibility of Lyme disease. If they present with joint pain or swelling in the joint, it is most often diagnosed as arthritis.

“Lyme disease actually invades the deepest recesses of the joint. Thereafter, it seems to selectively hide in the joint capsule, where it causes significant inflammation as well as tissue destruction. Also, through a mechanism yet to be determined it causes rheumatoid arthritis-like damage. Moreover, Lyme arthritis is nearly as stubborn as the standard type of rheumatoid arthritis, being resistant to a majority of medical treatments,” says Dr. Ingram, himself a survivor of Lyme’s disease.

“Fortunately, there is hope. That hope comes from wild nature. Incredibly, there is a wide range of natural complexes capable of obliterating such germs,” says Dr. Ingram.

"Grey squirrels can carry ticks. Dogs and cats can also carry them and bring them into the home.”

Anyone concerned that arthritis or joint pain could be Lyme disease can ask their doctor for a test to ensure they receive an accurate diagnosis. For more information order The Lyme Disease Cure or visit Dr. Cass Ingram at www.cassingram.com.

About the Author Dr. Cass Ingram

Dr. Cass Ingram, a Lyme Disease survivor, is a nutritional physician who received a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Iowa (1979) and a D.O. from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA (1984). He is one of North America’s leading experts on the health benefits and disease-fighting properties of wild medicinal spice extracts. The author of more than 20 books on natural healing including The Lyme Disease Cure, he has given answers and hope to millions through his lectures and interviews on radio and TV programs across America.

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