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NCJ Number: 90614 Find in a Library
Title: Chemical People - An Action Program To Combat School-Age Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Journal: New Designs for Youth Development  Volume:4  Issue:3  Dated:(May-June 1983)  Pages:7-10
Author(s): W A Lofquist
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 4
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Chemical People, an action program that combines television, teleconferencing, and local town meetings, is designed to provide communities with information about teenagers' drug and alcohol use, educate the public to the inherent dangers involved, and to bring together adults and teenagers to find approaches to the problem.
Abstract: The national program is patterned after a demonstration experience in western Pennsylvania. Two 1-hour programs will air on public television stations across the country on Nov. 2 and Nov. 9, 1983. Local groups will organize town meetings in their communities to view the program and then evolve into task forces to educate and motivate people to take action against substance abuse. The first program, 'The Chemical Society,' will seek to convince people that a problem exists and that they should organize solutions rather than hide behind a wall of denial. The second program, 'A National Call to Action,' offers hope and guidance. Communities will be presented with guidelines on how to form a task force to prevent and combat youthful abuse. The program is being undertaken without new funding for local use. Primary responsibility is being taken by volunteers from the community, with human service professionals being called upon as resources. Each community is encouraged to shape its own approaches based upon local realities. Five resources are listed.
Index Term(s): Community action programs; Community involvement; Drug abuse; Drug information; Drug prevention programs; Television programming
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