How to Keep Teens Safe From Drug Abuse as School Year Ends

From your point of view as a parent, it probably seems like the school year just started. But in the eyes of your teenaged children, it has been an eternity since the year began, and the last day of school cannot come any sooner. The older that kids get, the more likely they are to become consumed by the boredom and ennui of the end of the school year. This is especially true of 12th graders who more often than not develop a case of “senioritis,” the “who cares?” attitude that characterizes many students who are coming into the final…

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How Terrifyingly Easy it is to Start Using Drugs

I’ve just read through a dozen interviews from Narconon graduates in which they describe how and why they started using drugs. These interviews make so very clear that it’s incredibly easy for a young person to decide to just go along with what everyone else is doing – drinking, smoking pot, even using much stronger and more deadly drugs. If a child does not understand clearly and with conviction why using drugs is dangerous and has not made a firm decision to remain drug-free, then anything can happen. How Kids Can Begin Using Drugs Let me share a few of…

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Tips for a Drug Free Halloween

Boo! Did we scare you? Probably not. Words on a screen tend to not be too frightening. But it is the fright season. Oh yes, it’s Halloween. The leaves are falling. The days are shortening. The ghosts are coming out of the shadows. Fake spider webs deck porches. Parties are being planned. Costumes built and designed. It’s exciting. In a short while the streets will be filled with small vampires, werewolves, ghosts, superheroes, princesses, characters, puns, and other disguises of all sorts. They’ll walk from door to door, coming for your candy. Beware, some really will play “tricks” if they…

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The History of Red Ribbon Week

National Family Partnership (NFP) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 by a small group of concerned parents. They were determined to play a leadership role in drug prevention. Nancy Reagan was an honorary Chair of NFP. Since its founding over thirty years ago, NFP has always been working towards the well-being of today’s youth. The NFP is a national leader in both drug prevention education and advocacy. “Our mission is to lead and support our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth.” One campaign that the NFP is well known for is…

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What is Naloxone

Drug use can break down a user’s body over time and cause his mind to disintegrate as well, and sometimes this process is a long time coming. A drug user doesn’t always notice the changes overnight—they can take weeks, months or years to appear. In other cases, though, drug use can cause immediate harm and death. The most obvious example is when a drug user overdoses. This means that the person takes too much of a drug and the effect he or she is going for is multiplied far beyond the level of “safety” (or, in other words, multiplied beyond…

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Teenage Drug Abuse Reveals the Inadequacy of Drug Education Outreach

There are some signs of improvement in recent surveys of teenage drug abuse, but those improvements are offset by areas in which the situation is worse. When the situation is viewed as a whole, what is obvious is that our young people are not getting the message that drug use is destructive. For example, alcohol abuse by teens is down. But marijuana and Ecstasy abuse are higher, in fact, marijuana use has been increasing for the last four years straight. The latest news shows one specific teenage drug abuse statistic that is even more shocking. A new survey has found…

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With More than Half of All High School Students Abusing Drugs, Should Parents be Using More Drug Tests?

Parents should take note of recent reports on drug abuse among teens and young adults and also those that find that when parents speak out against drug abuse, drug abuse statistics are lower. According to the most recent Monitoring the Future report on drug use among our schoolchildren, by the time they graduate from high school, more than half have abused an illicit drug or prescription drug. Is there anything parents should do to prevent drug use among their children or should they just rely on home or school drug tests? Certainly parents come in all shapes and sizes. Some…

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Marijuana: Far from the Harmless Drug Many Would Make it out to Be

If you believe all the campaigners associated with medical marijuana, cannabis is the most benign of substances. Since it is now legal for people prescribed medical use in sixteen states in the US and has been decriminalized in several other countries, how harmful can it be? What are the Facts in the Matter? A recent analysis of studies finds that when it comes to driving, marijuana use makes it more than twice as likely that a driver will have an accident. This compilation and analysis of risk from marijuana use was recently published in Epidemiologic Review and was cited in…

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Southern California Children’s Fair Features Drug Education in a Fun Format for Kids

The Challenge: How do you express to thousands of young people at a children’s fair that staying free from drug use is the right way to go – and keep it fun at the same time? The Answer: Make it interactive, keep it light, make it voluntary and staff it with great people! Those were the answers developed for the Narconon Drug Education booth at the Children’s Day Fair at Woodland Park in Van Nuys, California, held from 9 AM to 6 PM on September 17, 2011. News reports placed the number of attendees – children, their parents and interested…

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Why I started doing Narconon drug education?

Narconon graduate shares why he started doing drug education. You know, drug education for me was foreign in the beginning because I’m so used to working with adults. I said, “What am I going to talk to a little kid about?” Then once I started doing it, I realized I could turn around a person in 45 minutes with giving him a piece of data that he didn’t have before. And I’m coming from experience. I’m not a police man out there telling them don’t do drugs. I’m telling them why. And then I’m asking them if they got it.…

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