ERIC Number: ED344825
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Combatting Drug Abuse: What You Should Know before Designing a Program for Your School. Technical Assistance Bulletin No. 6.
This bulletin contends that before a school can implement an effective program for fighting drug abuse it must first examine a series of questions: What do we mean by "abuse"? What characterizes young people at risk for this dangerous behavioral pattern? Do we distinguish between drug "abuse" and drug "use"? Does the "Just Say NO!" message work? And if it does, are all young people equally affected by it? It is also important to distinguish between drug experimentation and drug abuse. A number of risk factors are identified for children that are likely to predispose them to future drug abuse; these include: family management problems; early antisocial behavior; academic underachievement; alienation, rebelliousness, and lack of social bonding to society; antisocial behavior in early adolescence; friends who use drugs; and early first use of drugs. There is a consensus among experts that a prevention strategy targeted at high risk youth should involve a strong balance between family, community, and school. The message of an effective prevention strategy involves teaching and reinforcing prosocial values through action. Other effective prevention strategies involve providing high risk or drug abusing young people with skill training, alternative activities, therapeutic counseling, and peer support. An annotated list of seven publications on drug prevention programs is included. (DB)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Community Programs, Crime Prevention, Drug Abuse, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Illegal Drug Use, Parent Participation, Program Design, Program Development, Role of Education, Social Problems
American Bar Association Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship, 541 N. Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL 60611-3314.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: American Bar Association, Chicago, IL. Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship.
Note: For related documents, see SO 022 048-050.