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NCJ Number: 119674 Find in a Library
Title: For an Overall Approach to Prevention: Basic Critical Considerations
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:37  Issue:2 and 3  Dated:(April-September 1985)  Pages:177-184
Author(s): F Ruegg
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 8
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Switzerland
Annotation: This article recommends a comprehensive approach to drug-abuse prevention, one which involves persons throughout their lives and takes account of their psychosocial characteristics and spiritual values as well as differences among persons.
Abstract: Certain drug-abuse prevention programs are counterproductive, such as inconsistent and incongruous media programs that glamorize the lives of drug-using celebrities or informational material that concurrently publicizes the use of legal drugs. Depersonalized drug education programs have also proved to be counterproductive. Assistance and rehabilitation programs for drug-dependent persons and programs for drug-abuse prevention among the young populations should be offered simultaneously to avoid being caught up in a "vicious circle of assistance," created by disinterest in prevention and unrealistic societal expectations. Associations of youth seeking spiritual values and helping drug addicts to stop taking drugs and achieve reintegration into society are among the most promising approaches, because they involve youth in helping their peers rather than promoting intervention by formal institutions. The family is another promising resource for the prevention and reduction of drug abuse. 10 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug prevention programs
Index Term(s): Juvenile drug treatment; Juvenile drug use
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