This is a Drug Prevention Program that could save your child's life in more than one way. Today more than ever before programs like D.A.R.E. are needed to help educate our youth about the dangers of drugs, substance abuse and how to resist the temptations of peer pressure.
D.A.R.E. teaches our young people not only the serious dangers associated with drug use but most importantly how to AVOID getting involved with drugs, gangs, and violence.
All of our children have the right to grow up in a safe and healthy environment. In order to do that they need to be educated and prepared with the important skills they need to set goals, meet their goals, and succeed in life. Parents and caregivers can only do so much for their children setting good examples, having open communication, and being active in their lives. Unfortunately not all kids have that but even those that do still need to have effective skills and education to help them make good choices and the knowledge and skills to avoid poor choices.
The earlier a child experiments with drugs like tobacco, marijuana, alcohol or club drugs decreases their odds of living a happy and healthy life when they're older. It doesn't always matter anymore how good a young person's home life is, peer pressure can be very difficult for kids growing up today. Finding ways to keep our kids active and yet safe isn't easy anymore. That's why I think D.A.R.E. is a blessing for parents and their children because they can be active and educated at the same time.
Drugs young people are experimenting with today are addictive and involve serious and dangerous mental, emotional and physical consequence when used. The younger a child starts using drugs their risk of addiction and chronic dependency increases. Many young people start off with tobacco, marijuana or alcohol and its down-hill from there. The scary thing is that in elementary school our young children can be offered drugs today, it's important that they're educated early.
Drugs Used by Many Young People Today
Prescription Pain Killers are highly abused today and many people have become addicted to them and are in need of treatment. Pain pill misuse doesn't just happen with adults; young people are using them to get high too. Young people can find them at home in their own medicine cabinet or on the streets.
Cocaine is a stimulant drug that users refer to as blow, snow and nose candy. Cocaine is a white powder that is either snorted or dissolved and injected. Cocaine is widely abused and very addictive.
Crack is a form of cocaine that has been processed for the purpose of smoking it. Users refer to crack cocaine as rock and the chunk. Crack cocaine can be found everywhere on the streets and is extremely addictive.
Ecstasy is a designer drug or party drug that is used by many young people today. Young people who attend raves tend to like this drug. Ecstasy is referred to as Ecstasy, XTC, E and Clarity on the streets. This drug comes in pill form and in various colors with names, words or logos imbedded in the pill. Many young people have died using ecstasy and what makes the drug worse is that young people combine other drugs or substances with it to increase their high.
GHB is a central nervous system depressant that comes in liquid, capsule or a white powder form. In liquid form it's odorless, colorless and has a slight salty taste. On the streets users call GHB grievous bodily harm, scoop and liquid ecstasy. This drug is used by young adults during parties, in nightclubs and during rave's. Because GHB causes sleepiness, dizziness, and amnesia it's been used to sexually assault people. When the drug is mixed in a beverage like alcohol, soda, juice or other liquids it goes undetected. This is a dangerous drug with serious consequences when used.
Heroin comes in either a white or dark brown powder form is easily found and extremely addictive. Another form is called black tar and is easy to find. Heroin is either snorted or dissolved in water and injected. Users call it tootsie roll, smack, or junk on the streets.
Inhalants are normal products found in your home that young people sniff to get high. These inhalants are extremely dangerous and mess a person up real fast. Parents need to understand young people sniff or huff inhalants a lot more than they think and huffing can lead to death.
LSD can still be found today and young people do experiment with it sometimes. They call it acid, blotter and windowpane on the streets. LSD is a hallucinogen and the most serious and potent hallucinogen there is. LSD comes in liquid, thin squares of gelatin, tablet form with graphic designs on them, or in paper form. The paper form is saturated with LSD. People put it on their tongue when they use this form.
Meth comes in powder and sometimes capsule or pill form. Meth is extremely addictive and very dangerous when used. Ice or crystal meth is the form that's smoked by users. On the streets users refer to meth as crystal, ice and glass. Unfortunately meth labs are found everywhere so this drug is cheap, easily found and very addictive.
Ritalin is referred to as vitamin R, R-Ball and smart drug. This is the drug given to people with ADHD, primarily children are prescribed Ritalin. When a person abuses Ritalin they usually snort it after it's crushed. Unfortunately this is a drug that people of all ages abuse including young adults in college.
Marijuana is one of the most popular drugs abused today. Young people who experiment with drug use many times start out with pot. Marijuana is called weed, grass and chronic on the streets and is very easy to find.
Tobacco is also used by people of all ages and sometimes one of the first substances a young person tries when they're young. We all know how addictive tobacco is and the health effects are very serious.
The drugs listed above are just some of the reasons young people benefit from the D.A.R.E. program. There are many different educational aspects to this wonderful program that your child and you as parents or caregivers can benefit from. If there isn't a D.A.R.E. program offered in your child's school talk with them to see if they're able to get one started. Most all states are affiliated with the D.A.R.E. program. For information regarding this wonderful D.A.R.E. prevention program in your area, just click your state.
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