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DEA Outreach Program to Hold Gaming Tournament in Worcester

By Tom Marino | June 4, 2024
Last Updated: June 4, 2024

WORCESTER – The New England Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) holds a gaming tournement in Worcester on Thursday, June 6, from 7 PM to 9 PM, at All Systems Go, at 225 Shrewsbury St. All Systems Go is a video game/ esports bar/cafe and entertainment facility.

Clark University Esports hosts the event. Esports teams from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Boston University, Emerson College, Post University, University of New Hampshire, and the University of Southern Maine, will compete in the event.

The “One Pill Can Kill Game Over” tournament is a DEA initiative to team up with esports teams from across New England to help educate gamers and young people about the dangers of fentanyl.

The outreach effort to teens on fentanyl led the DEA to team up with the Devon Michael Foundation, influencer Ava Michelle, and eight esports teams across the region.

the event in Worcester is the third of the series nationwide. The first tournament was held by the DEA’s New Orleans Field Division in January. The second was held by DEA Philadelphia in March.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid involved in a majority of drug overdose deaths and poisonings, according to the DEA. It says fentanyl is 50 times more potent than herion. According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, 22 teens between age 14 and 18 die every from a drug poisoning or overdose death. It also says the agency seized about 15.7 million potentially lethal doses of fentanyl in New England in 2023.

The tournament will be available at the DEA website and on Twitch.

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