CESAR: Center for Substance Abuse Research


CESAR utilizes a variety of media to educate the public about the effects of substance abuse. Currently available are the proceedings of the 2006 White House Drug Czar Conference, educational videos about ecstasy and heroin, and a public service announcement (PSA) on the effects of ecstasy use.The free Real Player is required to view our multimedia products.

To view the available video clips, click on one of the links below and press "Play" on the RealPlayer. For more information on the videos and PSA, scroll down on this page or use the links to the right.

Drug Czar Conference Video

On June 17th, 2006, CESAR and the Institute for Behavior and Health sponsored a Drug Czar Conference at the University of Maryland. This one-day meeting of academics and policy experts featured seven of the eleven men who have served as heads of the White House drug abuse prevention office. Each Drug Czar was given time to describe the major events of their appointment and their current thinking about the nation's drug policy. The panels were creatively moderated, promoting lively discussions within the 50-person group.

The unedited 6 DVD set of the proceedings of this historic meeting can now be purchased for $75. Please send a completed order form and a check or purchase order to: CESAR, Attention: Drug Czar Video, 4321 Hartwick Rd, Ste 501, College Park, Md. 20740. We regret that we are unable to accept credit card payments.

Ecstasy Video

This 15-minute video gives Maryland youth the opportunity to speak out about the impact of their decisions to use or not to use on their lives and futures. It is designed to educate middle school students about the physical, psychological, and social effects of ecstasy use and to encourage the development of effective decision-making skills. Renowned State and National experts highlight the effects of ecstasy use on the brain and the families of users.

Ecstasy Video Clips:

This video was directed by University Video at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) and produced and developed by Erin Artigiani at the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) at UMCP. The lesson plan was developed by Betsy Gallun and Lynn Widdowson from the Maryland State Department of Education. Resources were provided by the Baltimore County Bureau of Substance Abuse, the Drug Early Warning System, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

A copy of the full 15-minute Ecstasy Video can be purchased for $15. Please send a check or purchase order for $15 to: CESAR, Attention: Stolen Dreams Video, 4321 Hartwick Rd, Ste 501, College Park, Md. 20740. All rights under copyright for "Stolen Dreams: The Reality of Ecstasy" are held by the University of Maryland, College Park.

Ecstasy Public Service Announcement (PSA)

This 40-second PSA highlights some of the health risks associated with the use of the drug Ecstasy (MDMA).

Ecstasy PSA Video Clip:

The Ecstasy PSA was produced by the Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention.

This powerful video introduces the viewer to a boy named Jonathan, a 15-year-old from a "normal" middle class family. When Jonathan is introduced to heroin, his life begins a downward spiral into a world of crime and drugs that is every family's worst nightmare. This 35-minute video tells the story of a boy "who in a single, impulsive wrong decision, demolishes his future and finally dies a squalid, awful death."

Heroin Video Clips:

All rights reserved. This video is the property of Residents Attacking Drugs (R.A.D.) and is intended for personal use only. No part of this video may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without permission from the producer. All requests should be submitted to: heroinkills@mail.com.

Copies of the "Heroin Kills" video are available for $18 (including S & H). To receive your copy, mail a check made out to R.A.D. to R.A.D., P.O. Box 188, Westminster, MD 21158.