Drug Use And Illegal Drugs

1025 Words Nov 25th, 2015 5 Pages
Every year, 200 million individuals around the globe use illegal drugs. Individuals that use these illegal drugs make up around a “quarter of a million deaths per year.” (livescience.com) These individuals who are participating in drug use are not just adults however. They are also teenagers that walk the streets around us all day. According to teens.drugabuse.gov, “in 2006, 8% of youth in the United States between the ages of 12 & 17 met diagnostic criteria for abuse or dependence on illicit drugs.” This means that “more that 2 million” teens are hooked on drugs and could be the next victims of death. (teens.drugabuse.gov) However, if we compare the present to the past, it has been noted that “teens are taking better care of themselves today…and they are well informed about the downsides to drug taking,” with a decline of “24% between 2001 and 2007.” (teens.drugabuse.gov) You may be thinking, why would it decrease so much as time goes on? Part of the answer to that question could be the D.A.R.E. program. Although the D.A.R.E. program did not have a giant success in the past years, could the program come back and prove itself successful and useful?
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program is a program that is implemented in schools in order to teach children and teenagers about drug abuse and how to handle and interact with different situations involving drugs. Many people know this program from the “’Just Say NO’” slogan. (www.dualdiagnosis.org) This program…
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