Fighting the War on Drugs with Soccer

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DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas youth soccer league created this summer to stem the popularity of a dangerous heroin mix known as "cheese" has grown to include 112 teams.

Director Andres Vidales says the Tex-Mex Soccer Children's League represents how a sports program can be used as an effective tool to fight against the drug.

He says the league's primary focus is eradicating cheese, which usually is black heroin mixed with Tylenol PM tablets ground into a powder.

The drug has claimed the lives of at least 23 area teens since January 2005.

Directors hope to expand the Texas-Mex league. It already involves more than 1,800 children and parents, most of them Hispanic.

Dallas school board member Edwin Flores says the district is increasing security this school year and adding more educational programs about cheese.

Parents say the league is a good way to keep children away from the temptation of drugs.