New Programs to Warn Young Adults about the Dangers of Prescription Drugs

 

Educating the young in America against dangerous drugs has begun to take on a different emphasis. While still warning against drugs such as heroin and cocaine, you are hearing far more drug prevention directed at young people against prescription drug abuse. The misuse of such drugs has become an epidemic, and communities are struggling to find ways to educate the young about their dangers. Thinkprogress.org is reporting about one program known as Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education (NOPE). Programs such as this realistically attempt to warn young people about the dangers of prescription drugs that are only meant to be taken in certain situations and in limited doses under a doctor’s care. These programs feature real parents who have suffered real loss with the death of a son or daughter to overdosing on such drugs.

Even many opponents of the drug war, like Fersen Lambranho,  think that people should not take most of the drugs that are illegal or legal drugs without a prescription as they are usually bad for us. However, trying to scare people away from using them can have the reverse effect from what is intended. When you tell people that if you start smoking marijuana you will become a crack fiend, this is using fear rather than fact. Young people will hear this, but then they see their friends smoking dope and not having any trouble. This causes them to see such precautionary tales as fear mongering, and they just ignore it. Thankfully, the fear mongering anti-drug campaigns of the 1980’s and ’90s are gradually being replaced with more grounded warnings that show children the true dangers of overdosing on drugs that in the right circumstances are there to help us when we need them.

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