NEWKIRK - Response to a series of drug prevention lectures

has been overwhelming, said a spokesman for the Narconon

Chilocco New Life Center, which presents the lectures.

More than 10,000 people have attended the "Truth About

Drugs" lectures at about 200 Oklahoma schools, businesses

and community groups in recent months, said Gary Smith of Narconon.

"We have been especially in demand in public schools as

children are in need of the truth about drugs," Smith said.

Narconon is an international network of drug and alcohol rehabilitation

centers and has been involved in education for 23 years. The group is

renovating the Chilocco Indian School campus for a new center to open in

1990. The site is near Newkirk.