ERIC Number: ED332094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
What You Can Do about Drug Use in America.
Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Office for Substance Abuse Prevention.
This guide, part of the Drug-Free Communities Series, is a comprehensive overview of drug use and what can be done about it. It is directed toward individuals, specifically toward parents, asserting that change in the community needs to be reinforced by change at home. Information about alcohol and other drugs, their physiological effects, and how individuals can help one another overcome the problems caused by alcohol and other drugs is included. The first section explains what drugs are, why use starts, and the physical and psychological toll alcohol and other drugs take. Marijuana, cocaine, phencyclidine (PCP), heroin, analogs, and methamphetamines are discussed. The second section explains how to tell if someone is having problems with alcohol and other drugs. Included are a description of four basic stages of alcohol and other drug use, examples of steps to take, and examples of actions to avoid. The third section discusses how to prevent alcohol and other drug problems among family and friends. Included in this section is information on early education and how to prevent problems before they start. Readers are instructed in how to set an example for those close to them and how to teach children to resist pressure to use alcohol and other drugs. The final section provides a list of federal, state, and private organizations that offer help. (NB)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Office for Substance Abuse Prevention.