ERIC Number: EJ748321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Reference Count: 12
Antidrug Education in the Schools
Averina, E. V.
Russian Education and Society, v46 n2 p32-39 Feb 2004
Among the many social problems that Russian society faces today, the problem of narcotics abuse ranks among the top. According to statistics, the number of narcotics abusers has been going up by 5 percent yearly; their age ranges between twelve to fourteen and thirty to thirty-five, with a tendency to be increasingly younger. In this article, the author examines how adolescents in Russia are the most at risk individuals to narcotics abuse. Adolescents are most at risk because they are at a period when rapid psychological changes occur and they are at the stage of experimentation. The author explains that one way to lessen narcotic behavior is to include antidrug education in schools. The author explains that the only way to prevent narcotic behavior is to organize the pedagogical process in such a manner that it enables the rising generation to form a culture of behavior that is in keeping with social norms, and a healthy way of life. Antidrug education will be successful only if it is made into an essential, mandatory element of the overall system of upbringing, and it will produce results only if it serves to stimulate the adolescent's inner urge to engage in antinarcotic self education and self development. A factor that is essential when setting up special antidrug programs is that of adapting them to the particular age periods (five to seven, eight to eleven, twelve to fourteen, fifteen to seventeen) and providing for many levels. In preventive antidrug work, it is essential to maximize the combined efforts of educators, psychologists, law-enforcement bodies, medical workers, social services, the mass media, and the community.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Drug Use, Drug Education, Drug Abuse, Intervention, Curriculum Development
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Identifiers - Location: Russia