Drug Education In The United States

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Drug education in the United States is highly flawed, for decades instead of educating the youth of drugs and the dangers and side effects associated with drug use the United States has opted to fear monger and use scare tactics to persuade the youth from delving into drug use. But this only serves to proliferate drug use if a person decides to experiment or use drugs of any class. Simply because if one is only taught that drugs will maim and kill you, and destroy your hope for a successful happy life, but this same person then uses drugs and continues to feel normal, but with the new pleasure and enjoyment of drug use the person will reason that drugs are not as dangerous as they were taught, leading to less inhibition towards drug usage …show more content…

Spraying crops, seizing shipments and arresting dealers can drive up prices and create temporary shortages. But it does not stop drug use. Addicts simply pay more for crummier product or switch to other, often more harmful, substances.”(“In America, Lessons Learned”) This is a quote from an article published in 2009 by the Economist; “Drug Education in America, lessons learned” discusses the failures and shortcomings of past present attempts of educating the youth about psychoactive drug use. It is a must to examine where most of the students in the United States, especially if from the United States, received their formal education on the dangers of psychoactive drug use and the effectiveness of it. Until recently the most prominent and widely used approach to educating the youth about the dangers and risks associated with psychoactive drug use was the use of the program D.A.R.E., or Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Drugs Abuse Resistance Education was first developed and implement in Los Angeles, California in 1983 and spread rapidly to the rest of the country. It became so popular and widely accepted because teachers felt educating about drugs and drug use was a taboo subject and parents blindly assumed their children would be receptive and obedient to police officers. Drug Abuse Resistance Education lost federal funding in 1998, after several academic studies showed that D.A.R.E. was a blatant failure at preventing drug use. Even after substantially overhauling the D.A.R.E. program and other educational programs are taking a new approach of giving children the knowledge and confidence to resist all form of peer pressure, no longer focusing on drugs being the problem in drug use but the situations that lead to use. But these new programs are focused in on preventing tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana usage, the reason being youth than alcohol and tobacco do more

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