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NCJ Number: 135772 Find in a Library
Title: Drug-Free Communities: Turning Awareness into Action
Author(s): R Weisman
Corporate Author: Editorial Experts, Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 34
Sponsoring Agency: Editorial Experts, Inc.
Alexandria, VA 22314
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Grant Number: BPA-85084
Publication Number: ADM 89-1562
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Document: PDF
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After identifying factors that contribute to drug use by juveniles, this booklet suggests initial steps for organizing a community response to juvenile drug use.
Abstract: The discussion identifies cultural and community attitudes, norms, rules and standards, and environmental factors that encourage the use of alcohol and other drugs among youth. The booklet notes that there has been a downturn in drug use among youth since the late 1980's and advises that a communitywide response to drug use and attendant problems is required to capitalize on and promote this trend. It advises that the usual information/awareness programs designed to prevent or reduce the drug use of individual juveniles often fail because they are not supported by other programs, activities, and messages in the larger community. In its discussion of community responses to drug use, the booklet cautions that a communitywide effort against drugs and attendant problems depends upon a significant consensus among a cross-section of the community that a problem exists. This may be done through the use of statistics that document drug-related problems in the community. The principal startup recommendation is that a task force be formed composed of representatives from schools, parents, civic groups, religious organizations, health services, social services, police and courts, other government agencies, media groups, and business and industry. 25 footnotes and appended supplementary data and information
Main Term(s): Drug prevention programs; Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Drug abuse causes
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