ERIC Number: ED038654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun-10
Reference Count: 0
Increasing Use of Drugs by Our Youth. Remarks.
A general look at the drug abuse problem comprises the first part of the paper. The author views drug abuse in terms of dependence rather than addiction, and as being either physiological or psychological. He briefly discusses which drugs are used, by whom, and for what purposes. Drug abuse is seen as an old problem with contemporary manifestations which are spelled out. Two approaches for dealing with the problem are considered: (1) treatment of those already drug-dependent, and (2) prevention of others from becoming drug-dependent. The primary focus is on prevention, which is considered a total community problem because it necessarily involves youth and adults. The thrust of prevention should be: (1) making nonusers aware of the potential dangers of drug abuse, and (2) enlisting them to help peer group members who are users. The author encourages classroom drug education, effective law enforcement, dissemination of information concerning the legal penalties for selling or possessing dangerous drugs, and community-wide coordinating committees for planning programs and avoiding duplication of services. (TL)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Narcotic Addiction Control Commission, Albany.
Note: Paper presented at National Association of Training Schools and Juvenile Agencies, Boston, Massachusetts, June 10, 1969