According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), illicit drug use remained fairly steady for youth ages 12 to 17 in America, with the exception of hallucinogens such as ecstasy.
While statistically it was a minor ecstasy increase, the rise from 2007 to 2008 came after a holding pattern that had followed a sharp decline over the past several years. About 900,000 people over the age of 12 used ecstasy for the first time in 2008, the highest level since 2002.
In 2003, the National Center for Education Statistics wrote that 29 percent of all students in grades 9-12 reported that someone had offered, sold, or given them an illegal drug on school property in the past year.
Narconon® fully recognizes that the availability of drugs at schools continues to be a growing problem. Recently a concerned grandfather wrote to Narconon International regarding drugs at his granddaughter’s school saying, “Because of the seriousness of this problem, I wrote to the governor…explaining the problem and asking for his help. When that letter fell silent with no response or reply, I then knew the problem of ‘NO ONE CARES’ had reached the highest levels.
“Can you help? Can you provide some direction or assistance in stopping the constant daily influence of illegal drugs and substances at public schools on kids that elect to get a good education and remain drug free?”
Yes, Narconon can and is helping. To help combat student use of ecstasy and other drugs, the Narconon drug prevention program offers educational videos for classrooms as well as proven effective live presentations. Narconon drug education presenters reach more than half a million kids around the world face-to-face, live, each year and the videos are used in approximately 7,000 schools throughout the United States.
The full eight-module Narconon drug education curriculum was studied and the results published in the peer-reviewed journal Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy in 2008. According to the study, youth who received the Narconon drug education curriculum showed reduced drug use compared with controls across all drug categories tested at the six-month follow-up period. The program also produced changes in knowledge, attitudes and perception of risk.
For more information about Narconon drug education and prevention visit www.narconon.org today or call 323-962-2404.
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