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ERIC Number: ED318933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 32
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The Role of Education in Drug Abuse Programs.
Richardson, Sandra C.
A 1984 survey of teachers and principals revealed that the respondents considered the use of drugs and alcohol to be the worst type of discipline problem they had experienced. While the significance of the drug and alcohol abuse problem in schools supports the existence of drug abuse prevention programs in the schools, several practical reasons also exist for conducting such programs within the school environment. The school setting provides well-organized classroom groups, promotes efficiency and cost effectiveness, and allows for longitudinal studies and trend analyses. Consequently, drug programs have become a part of contemporary education. When drug education programs were first introduced, they often relied on scare tactics. Materials focused on illegal drug use and overlooked alcohol, tobacco, and food additives. Teachers, for the most part, were untrained and poorly equipped to teach drug education. This document traces changes in drug education programs over the past 25 years and reports results from several studies on drug use among school-aged children and adolescents. Studies examining reasons that students use drugs and exploring characteristics of drug users are also reviewed. Various guidelines for developing and implementing drug education programs in the schools are discussed. The document concludes by stressing a need to restructure schools, families, and churches to focus on the needs of children. (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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