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Drug Education

Legal Painkillers Are The Real Gateway Drugs, Not Marijuana

Desirae Hoover | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Desirae Hoover

What we really need to do is teach people that a drug, is any substance that can alter the mind and/or body, rather than simplistic labels as "good" or "bad". We need to indicate that both legal and illegal drugs have individual effects that should be objectively studied. Only then, can we start a dialogue how to safely and responsibly consume them without abuse.

The Drug Education Teens Really Need

Nisa Yasmine Rashid | Posted 08.27.2016 | Teen
Nisa Yasmine Rashid

In working with teens, we have to be nuanced in our thinking, open to different approaches and aware of broader social realities. But students are approached as though all drug use is the same and as though we don't each have a story of our own to tell.

The Difference Between Real and Fake News About Marijuana

Amanda Reiman | Posted 05.05.2016 | Education
Amanda Reiman

Even if the folks at D.A.R.E. somehow did not realize that this was likely, at best, a satire site, any qualified drug educator should know that the information about marijuana contained in the article is not even close to accurate.

Young People Need Honest Education About Sex and Drugs

Tony Newman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

While some schools provide honest sex education that acknowledges the reality that some teens will have sex, the nation's drug education programs treat abstinence as the sole measure of success.

How Do I Thoughtfully Answer My High School Students' Questions About Marijuana?

Malik Burnett | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Malik Burnett

Reducing the stigma around discussing drug use can encourage teens to be open with those they trust about their use, which is important in identifying use that might be hazardous.

Legalization of Marijuana: What About the Kids?

Marsha Rosenbaum | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Marsha Rosenbaum

Even if legalization for adults does not affect teenage use, it does present an opportunity to re-think our approach to drug abuse prevention and education -- both in school and at home.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Sheds Light on Overdose Crisis and Life-Saving Solutions

Denise Cullen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Denise Cullen

As a mother of a son who died from an accidental drug overdose, I was encouraged to see CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta's report of a real-life overdose reversal using the opioid-antidote naloxone.

Horrifying New Drugs! Does New Zealand's New Synthetic Drug Law Offer a Safer Way Forward?

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

As a tool to protect the public from the risks of drugs not being used for medical purposes, the prohibition model has not worked well -- for old drugs or new ones. However, the nation of New Zealand is now trying a different approach.

Time to Take a Stand Against Outdated Drug Education

Piper Anderson | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Piper Anderson

Educators must take a stand against zero tolerance policies that penalize and alienate young people in schools. The consequences if we don't can be devastating.

Beyond 'Zero Tolerance': A Pragmatic Approach to Teen Drug Education and School Discipline

Marsha Rosenbaum | Posted 11.11.2013 | Crime
Marsha Rosenbaum

When schools choose to move "beyond zero tolerance" in handling school discipline, they stop merely reacting to student misconduct -- and can begin to address its root causes.

'Just Say No' Turns 30

Marsha Rosenbaum | Posted 06.17.2013 | Crime
Marsha Rosenbaum

By 2001, D.A.R.E. was deemed by none other than the United States Surgeon General, "an ineffective primary prevention program," and lost 80 percent of its federal funding shortly thereafter. Yet D.A.R.E .has kept going.

Lucia Graves

White House Budget Emphasizes Drug Punishment Over Treatment | Lucia Graves | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration budget released Wednesday emphasizes drug abuse punishment and interdiction over treatment and prevention, desp...

Time to Prescribe the Right Cure

The Miami Hurricane | Posted 05.22.2012 | College
The Miami Hurricane

Although prescription drugs are harmful, they do have a purpose for people who have a reason to take them. This does not include taking Adderall to study for a test. Too much of anything is bad, even if it comes with a prescription.

Lizzie Schiffman

Study Sheds Light On Heroin Use Among Young Suburbanites | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Chicago

"I was not a big risk taker as a kid. [My parents] can't picture me using heroin. My mom was putting ribbons in my hair in fifth grade, and curling my...

Why We Need Honest Sex -- And Drug -- Education in Schools

Tony Newman | Posted 10.10.2011 | New York
Tony Newman

The same way sex education advocates acknowledge that not all teens will be abstinent and need to learn how to be safe, we need to acknowledge that not all teens are going to abstain from drug use.

Drug Czar "Too Busy" to Meet With Fellow Cops

Norm Stamper | Posted 10.07.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Back in June, representatives of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition marched from the National Press Club to the Office of National Drug Control Policy headquarters. Our mission: to hand-deliver a copy of our new report.