ERIC Number: ED262007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Drug Education: An Emphasis on Chemical Dependency.
Violette, Ronald W.
Efforts in the area of drug education have been less than successful over the years. The time has come to step back and reevaluate and reassess what it is we are trying to accomplish. Emphases in the past have certainly been well intentioned, but a new direction needs to be charted for the future. Health Educators and other professionals have failed to recognize, identify, and discuss the crux of the "drug problem," chemical dependency. It is arguably the most important health issue of our time and the most devastating social problem in the United States of America. It is time to move from describing, classifying, and sometimes sensationalizing drugs and alcohol to teaching about chemical dependency and its ravaging ramifications. Perhaps the most important goal is to raise the awareness of parents, teachers, students, and professionals in the country's schools, communities, businesses, and industries to the insidious consequences of chemical dependency. These people should know how to recognize it and how to refer people for treatment. The stakes are high, and the alternatives are few. It is necessary need to move from behind the veil of societal denial, put our cards on the table, and play to win in this high-risk game where there are far more losers than winners. (Author/DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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