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

Marilyn MacDougall

DUILA Executive Director

Sheriff Don Barnes

Orange County Sheriff’s Department

Alex Saraci

DUILA Director

Steven Alford

DUILA Director

Dick Marconi

DUILA Director

Lisa Hughes

DUILA Immediate Past Chairman

Dr. Saeed Soltani

DUILA Director

Joseph Carruth

DUILA Director/Legal Counsel

David White

DUILA Director/Treasurer

Nidal Kerdiya

DUILA Vice Chairman

Bruce MacRAE

DUILA Director

Dr. Nikan Khatibi

DUILA Director

Dr. Al Mijares

DUILA Director

Dr. Frank Argüello

DUILA Treasurer

Harold Willard

DUILA Director

Melinda Moiso

DUILA Director

James Tracy

DUILA Director

Vince Taormina

DUILA Director

Kim Magdaleno

Research Analyst

Brady O’Connell

DUILA Director

Kim Cameron

DUILA Director

Ruby Norris

DUILA Director

Rock Martin

DUILA Director

DUILA Director


Ed Delgado

DUILA Director

Richard Porras

DUILA Director

John Meehan

DUILA Director

Byron Scott

DUILA Director

David Chrzan

DUILA Director

Scott Pievac

DUILA Director

Wayne Pinnell

DUILA Director

Tom Thomson

DUILA Director

John Barber

DUILA Director

Rosa Barcelo

DUILA Director

Ethan Blank

Student, Next Step/IMPACT

Rostin Rastgou


Nick Manning

Student/President Next Step/IMPACT

Hannah Anastasi

Student, Next Step/IMPACT

Samantha Olmos

Student, Next Step/IMPACT

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