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NCJ Number: 170438 Find in a Library
Title: Kids, Drugs, and Drug Education: A Harm Reduction Approach
Author(s): M Rosenbaum
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Washington, DC 20005
Sale Source: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
1325 G Street, NW
Suite 770
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This monograph advocates harm reduction education rather than scare tactics as a way to inform youth about the dangers of drugs.
Abstract: The harm reduction drug education program has four basic assumptions: (1) Drugs must be categorized broadly to include all intoxicating substances, including those which are legal; (2) Total abstinence is not realistic; (3) It is possible to use drugs in a controlled responsible way, and the use of mind-altering substances does not necessarily constitute abuse; and (4) Perhaps nothing is more crucial regarding safe drug use than context, which comprises the pharmacology and dosage of the drug, the psychological state of the user at the time of use, and the setting. In order to reduce drug-related harms, drug education should: include facts about the physiological effects of drugs as well as their risks and benefits; separate the real from the imagined dangers of drugs; incorporate children's experience, expertise and intelligence in a drug education curriculum; and include positive role models. The paper describes several model programs. Figures, notes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Controlled Substances; Drug abuse education; Drug effects; Drug information; Drug use; Juvenile drug abusers; Public Opinion of Drug Abuse; Public Opinion of Juveniles
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