The abuse of drugs in Orange County continues to threaten the lives of our young people and the future of our society. Burglary, robbery, and violent crime continue to be major problems. The direct causal relationship between drug use and criminal behavior has been clearly established. Addiction, injury and loss of life are often the affects of abuse. The individual, the family and all of society are at risk unless we change the prevailing tolerant attitudes toward drug usage and become committed to the goal of a drug free society.

Drug Use is Life Abuse, a support group of the Orange County Sheriff’s Advisory Council, was formed in response to drug abuse being a pressing need. The organization endeavors to bring together leaders in business, government, education, religion, families, and law enforcement to work together towards changing the way society perceives drug use.


To provide schools and families with the most current drug abuse information in order to reduce substance abuse among the youth in Orange County communities.

To create an attitude that will eliminate drug abuse, gangs, and violence by focusing on youth, family, and the workplace through awareness, enforcement, and education.

Drug Use is Life Abuse (DUILA) is a creator, trainer, and coordinator of effective community responses to youth substance abuse and violence.  As a  501(c)(3) nonprofit, the organization has educated children, families, schools, employers, and the community since 1987.

School-based prevention programs, augmented with support activities, form our foundation.  The four cornerstones of the DUILA experience are youth leadership development, community service opportunities, teambuilding, and professional networking to make a difference-together.

The results?  Young Orange County citizens head towards bright futures, armed with the needed skills, knowledge, resources, confidence, and motivation to actively assist their communities.


  • To initiate action and coordinate efforts to bring the message “Drug Use is Life Abuse” to every citizen of Orange County.
  • To provide tangible support for our citizens, particularly our young people, to let them know that they are not alone in the campaign to create a drug free society.
  • To rally support within the entire Orange County community to make the commitment to accomplish their goals.
  • To empower each citizen to make a personal commitment not to abuse drugs and to enable them to encourage others to make this commitment.
  • To help our young people find positive ways of dealing with the stress of growing up through the encouragement of life-positive programs.

The Board

Bill Eldien

DUILA Chairman

Maribel Marroquin

DUILA Executive Director

Sheriff Don Barnes

Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Nidal Kerdiya

Vice Chairman & Secretary

Michael J. Reed


Joseph D. Carruth

Legal Counsel

Michael K. Hayde

Director Emeritus

Dick Marconi

Director Emeritus

David White

Director Emeritus

Dr. Frank Argüello

Board Member

John Barber

Board Member

Ed Delgado

Board Member

Shiva Farivar

Board Member

Sal Hassan

Board Member

Bruce D.D. MacRAE

Board Member

Rock Martin

Board Member

John Meehan

Board Member

Al Mijares

Board Member

Melinda Moiso

Board Member

Lesley Nolen

Board Member

Wayne R. Pinnell

Board Member

Vince Taormina

Board Member

Rosa Reed

Board Member

Vince Taormina

Board Member

Chloe Foo

Student – Next Step

Don’t Be Shy. Get In Touch.

If you are interested in working together, send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!


Drug Use Is Life Abuse – Project No Gangs
P.O. Box 28, Santa Ana, CA 92702-0028

Phone: 714.647.4593

Fax: 714.647.4109