Drug Education Programs
Drug education programs help to prevent drug abuse and addiction. These types
of programs work to educate about the destructive nature of drugs and alcohol
as well as inform on how to avoid potentially dangerous situations where drugs
or alcohol may be involved. Programs help to provide the skills necessary for
recognizing and resisting social pressures to experiment with drugs or alcohol
as well as helping to enhance self esteem. Drug education programs develop skills
in risk-assessment, decision making and conflict resolution. As you can see,
these types of programs are invaluable and beneficial for the individual participating.
This is not only because they are a preventive measure against drug abuse but
also because they help the individual grow and become a better person. Provided
below is information regarding many national drug education programs. Choose
to get involved today.
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education ) is a drug education progarm that
teaches kids how to recognize and resist the direct and subtle pressures that
influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drugs.
And since between 70% and 90% of all crime is drug related, it is absolutely
vital that we reach the children of America before it is too late.
The D.A.R.E. program is usually introduced to children in the 5th or 6th grade.
A specially trained officer comes into your school and teaches the children.
D.A.R.E. has launched a new elementary and a new middle school curriculum this
year. Part of the reason D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) works so
well is because it is a collaborative effort between your police department,
your school, parents, and community leaders. D.A.R.E. works because it surrounds
children with support and encouragement from all sides.
The Drug-Violence Prevention (DVP) National Programs group administers Title
IV, Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) authorized by the
Improving America's Schools Act of 1994 and other programs related to developing
and maintaining safe, disciplined, and drug-free schools.
Programs authorized under this legislation provide financial assistance for
drug and violence prevention activities in elementary and secondary schools,
and institutions of higher education. Activities may be carried out by State
and local educational agencies and by other public and private nonprofit organizations.
Since its inception in 1983, the Elks Drug Awareness Program has worked to
prevent drug use by our youth through education. The Elks recognize that they
are not experts in the field of drug education. However, they do have the resources
-- in dollars, facilities and volunteers -- to work with the experts to ensure
that young people know the facts about drugs. In addition to sponsoring seminars,
workshops and drug-free functions, they print and distribute literature developed
by authorities on drug awareness. Since 1983, they have printed and handed out
more than 125 million pieces of literature to students, their teachers and their
parents. They hope that through their resource center, we can reach even more
Partnership to Release Marijuana Abuse Report
To raise awareness about the effects of drug use on the most vulnerable populations
- children and adolescents - as they return to school, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions
of America (CADCA) is partnering with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
to release, Practical Theorist 5: Marijuana Abuse: Using Science for an Effective
This Practical Theorist, the fifth in a collaborative series, includes research
on drug abuse in a concise, convenient format and offers strategies on how to
use the data to mobilize communities, affect policy, and support local anti-drug
coalition efforts to build drug-free communities.
"One of our top priorities is to rapidly and effectively disseminate our
scientific findings to local experts and volunteers to assist them with community
prevention and treatment efforts," says NIDA Director, Nora D. Volkow,
CADCA Chairman and CEO Gen. Arthur T. Dean emphasized the importance of this
information sharing. "It is critical that we educate community leaders,
parents, and young people about the harmful effects of drugs. This version of
the Practical Theorist and the previous editions are an important part of our
education and outreach efforts."
The first section in the Practical Theorist 5, "The Scope of the Marijuana
Problem Today," provides the most recent statistics about marijuana use.
Information includes the role that marijuana plays as a contributing factor
in hospital emergency room visits and the number of arrestees in the criminal
justice system who tested positive for marijuana.
The second section includes the latest research on marijuana and its effects
on the brain, with findings such as: "Within minutes of inhaling marijuana
smoke, there is an increase in heart rate - the heart may start pumping 20 to
50 beats per minute faster than normal." Other topics include the addictive
nature of marijuana, the damage to short-term memory it causes, and its connection
to mental illness. It also outlines the effects of marijuana use on an individual's
school, work, and social life.
The final section highlights what communities can do to address the growing
problem of marijuana use, such as educating youth; ensuring marijuana concerns
aren't pushed aside by other drugs; educating the community; supporting drug
abuse treatment; and encouraging parents to maintain an active role in their
The Practical Theorist series is designed to help local community groups by
providing the latest science-based information in easy-to-understand language
so they can educate their members and the public about drug abuse.
UA Drug Education Program Named To A National Registry Of Effective Programs
Keep a Clear Mind, a model drug abuse prevention program developed at the University
of Arkansas, has been named to the National Registry of Effective Programs,
a resource for schools and communities seeking proven methods to educate children
and parents about substance abuse.
After a thorough review of more than 400 programs, the Center for Substance
Abuse Prevention (CSAP) selected Keep a Clear Mind as one of only 19 model programs
to be named to the National Registry of Effective Programs.
Keeping a Clear Mind was developed by the UA's Health Education Projects Office
under the direction of Dr. Michael Young, who has been a professor in the department
of health science, kinesiology, recreation and dance in the College of Education
and Health Professions for more than 20 years.
To be added to the registry, the program underwent a comprehensive review to
determine whether it had been implemented under scientifically rigorous conditions
and whether it has consistently demonstrated beneficial results.
"The College of Education and Health Professions is proud of the achievements
of Dr. Young and the Health Projects Office," Interim dean Sharon Hunt
said. "Being named to the national registry simply means that more schools
and communities will be able to benefit from his excellent programs. His work
has been honored frequently in the past. Once again, he has placed the University
of Arkansas in the forefront of substance abuse prevention education in the
Keep a Clear Mind is a take-home drug education program for fourth graders
and their parents. The program also provides parent newsletters and student
incentives. Two randomized community trials showed that Keep a Clear Mind can
improve parent-child communication and increase the understanding of fourth
through sixth graders about how to refuse and avoid drug use. The involvement
of parents encourages open communication and is crucial to the success of the
The program was developed in the late 1980s by Young and his colleague Chudley
Werch, a former UA faculty member. It was originally funded by a grant from
the U.S. Department of Education and later by the Nancy Reagan Foundation. The
program includes lessons that deal specifically with alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana
and offers tools young people can use to "say no" to drugs.
CSAP named Keep a Clear Mind a model program in spring 2000. Rigorous evaluation
showed that Keep a Clear Mind had a positive impact on recognized risk factors
for later drug abuse. In addition to increasing parent-child communication,
the participants in the program changed their perceptions of their peers' drug-related
attitudes and behaviors, gained confidence in their ability to resist peer pressure
and understood more about the harmful effects of drugs.
CSAP is a component of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the lead federal agency
for improving the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, addiction
treatment and mental health services.