8 Hour Drug Course Shatters Myths

by Mike Miller March 1, 2013

We all have certain perceptions about drugs and addiction. Even those who are not counselors for in-class or online drug classes have some opinion and certain beliefs pertaining to drugs and drug addiction.

What is the key to shattering the myths of illicit drugs? As reported in www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com.

Do you think that popular culture gives a realistic picture of the risks involved with youth substance abuse? YouTube may show kids having fun at a party, but it doesn’t show kids becoming violently ill or the legal trouble they can get in.

I am a firm believer that fear works. Kids need to be afraid to experiment with drugs. While some may feel simple experimentation is okay, the reality is that anyone who ever has been addicted to a substance wished they never had experimented in the first place!

One recent study addressing the pervasiveness of drugs on high school campuses took place in Ohio.

Citing a 2011 online youth risk survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 43 percent of Ohio high school students reported using marijuana at least once. Almost 25 percent admitted offering, selling or having been given an illegal drug on school property.

A poll of high school students in the 2011 found that 54 percent had tried alcohol and 26 percent described themselves as “current drinkers.”

I certainly believe that this proves that all high schools should mandate an annual 8-hour alcohol awareness class and an 8-hour drug class.

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