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Máñy teadtíers, parents and other adults have met little success in trying to convince young people about the dangers of hard drugs, such as heroin ("smack") and amphetamines (speed). And hard drug use is growing in high schools and colleges all over the country. The Do It Now Foundation of Hollywood, Calif.- a nonprofit organization staffed largely by ex-users- is trying to alert young people to the dangers of hard drugs. And they have met with some success. Why? The Do It Now people are young and ■ have taken no stand on either on marjuana or the psychedelics. They simply teil their audience that hard drugs - heroin, c o c a i n e, speed and barbiturates- kill. "You can't put down heroin and marjuana in the same breath," says Harry Richardson of Do It Now. "The kids will laugh at you. Most of them have tried the weed and feel that it is just fun and no harm. . . ." The foundation does not sanction any drug use, however. But the real factor in Do It Now success is their use of youth culture héroes to put down hard drugs. The group has put together an album of 14 songs by some of the biggest names in popular music- including the Beatles, Donovan, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shanker, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and Canned Heat. All the songs on the album, named "First Vibration," were donated by the artist to spread the word that SPEED KILLS. Behind the beat of these songs is a message that warns about hard drugs. The collage album includes the following songs: " Nowhere man" by the Beatles; "Sunshine Superman" b y Donovan; "Somebody to Love" by Jefferson Airplane; "Amphetamine Annie" by Canned Heat; "The Pusher" by Hoyt Axton; "Artificial Energy" by The Byrds; "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong" by Buffalo S pr in g field; "Red House" by Jimi Hendrix; "Dhun" by Ravi Shankar; "Progress Suite, Movement 3," by Chad and Jeremy; "The Long Road" by Genesis; "When I Was Young" by Eric Burdon and the Animáis; "Roses Gone" by Peanut Butter Conspiracy, and "Things to Come" by Dancer. More than $2.50 of the $3 sale price on each album goes directly into drug education and rehabilitation projects. "First Vibration" can not be obtained at record stores, but only by mail. To receive a copy, send $3 to Do It Now Foundation, P.O. Box 3573, Hollywood, Calif. 90028. Shipped with every album is a 16-page booklet that includes antispeed statements by Donovan, Alien Ginsberg and Timothy Leary. The Do It Now Foundation also make antidrug "spots" available íree of charge to local radio station. More over, the foundation puts out a series of drug education pamphlets to teen-agers, pararents and teachers, most available at 10 cents per single copy. Included is a special packet for teachers, counselors and administrators. Information on the pamlets can be obtained at the same address: Director of Publications, Do It Now Foundation, P.O. Box 3573, Hollywood, Calif. 90028.