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NCJ Number: 197926 Find in a Library
Title: Keeping Youth Drug Free
Corporate Author: National Institute on Drug Abuse
United States of America
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Document: PDF|PDF
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This booklet provides guidelines for caregivers about how to inform children of the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
Abstract: According to this booklet, young people who use drugs or alcohol are more likely to be victims or perpetrators of violence, are more likely to take part in high-risk sexual activity, have lower academic achievement, and are more likely to be seriously injured while driving a vehicle. As such, it is important to teach young children the dangers of drug and alcohol use. This booklet was designed to assist caregivers with educating their children about these issues. According to the facts presented in the booklet, parents or other caregivers have tremendous influence over children when it comes to issues of drug, tobacco, or alcohol use. The booklet is divided into chapters based on the reasons young people give for engaging in drug and alcohol abuse: to feel grown up; to fit in and belong; to relax and feel good, to take risks and rebel; and to satisfy curiosity. Each chapter contains “action steps” for caregivers that should help with deterring illicit drug and alcohol use in their children. Action steps include not letting your child help you mix a drink, being a good role model by drinking responsibly in front of children, pointing out examples of irresponsible drinking or drug use and its consequences, and helping your child deal with peer pressure. Each chapter also contains an “exercise” that is designed to assist parents with the task of educating their children. The first exercise involves asking children a set of questions that pertains to the first reason children give for taking drugs: to feel grown up. The second exercise, in the chapter about peer pressure is designed to coach children on the use of language and phrases that will help them resist peer pressure. Finally, this booklet offers resources for caregivers needing more assistance or information. Names, addresses, phone numbers, and Web site addresses are provided for 41 organizations that deal with these issues.
Main Term(s): Drug abuse education; Youth (Under 15)
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Alcohol abuse education; Alcohol abuse prevention; Drug abuse; Juvenile drug abusers; Tobacco use; Underage Drinking
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