Drug abuse can be defined as using a drug excessively, or for purposes for which it was not medically intended. The use of drugs starting at a young age may lead to drug abuse in the future, which is common all around the world. There are multiple ways groups that seek to help drug prevention such as D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and other members of the community can help to stop drug abuse.
Depression, nausea, anxiety, seizures, memory loss, and even death are serious consequences that occur from drugs being abused (Drug Abuse and Dependence 2). That is why all these organizations around the world are doing their best to prevent these situations from happening. “D.A.R.E. is one of the biggest drug prevention program and they help children to not be influenced by others and start the abuse of drugs” (Is the D.A.R.E. Program Good for Americas Kids? 1). Another group called NSDUH, which stands for National Survey on Drug Use and Health, tries to “send messages through the internet, magazines, media, and schools” (Exposure to Substance Use Prevention Messages and Substance Use among Adolescents: 2002 to 2007 1). Unfortunately though, “these programs have a very little chance of drug prevention” (Is the D.A.R.E. Program Good for Americas Kids? 2).
Evidence from over thirty studies have shown no significance in D.A.R.E. graduates compared to those not in the program. D.A.R.E. also does not include life-like situations to prepare kids for complex decisions in the future. Many students stated that the messages D.A.R.E. provide are repeated so often it becomes tedious and ineffective. Only 2.5% of students that had drug prevention education were less likely to use drugs than those who didn’t. D.A.R.E. had stopped receiving federal funding in 1998 because they were unable to reach the requirements in order to receive federal grant money (Is the D.A.R.E. Program Good for Americas Kids?).
So, what can lead up to drug abuse? One major reason of using drugs is if you were raised in an environment of illicit drug use the child may be influenced by their parents’ actions. The most common event that leads to drug use is peer pressure. Peer pressure is something all parents should teach to there kids, and how to simply say no. Once someone has started the use of any drug, it is most likely to lead to an addiction. The worst thing that can happen from addiction is an overdose. An overdose can be both on accident or purpose (Drug Abuse and Dependence).
Drug addiction does not just affect your own life; it may affect others as well. For most people family is the most important thing in life, and it always should be. Unfortunately, drugs can seriously affect with family relations. Changes within behavior are noticeable. Family relations can be destroyed, and life without family is not easy (Drug Abuse and Dependence).
According to the article “Is the D.A.R.E. Program Good for Americas Kids?” “The biggest drug prevention program (D.A.R.E.) has such a low chance of adolescents avoiding drugs in the future.” So it should be the parents’ job to help steer their kids in the right direction. Parents should tell them very descriptive stories about what happens to people, rather than short and vague statements. They should try to scare their kids, and make them want to run away from drugs. However, it will not be easy for parents to do so. Reason is because if one of the biggest drug prevention programs can not do it too well, how will just two parents do it? Nobody knows, but it is possible. A drug free world is something many people in this nation hope the world will one day come to be. It might just happen; anything is possible.
There are multiple ways groups that seek to help drug prevention such as D.A.R.E. and other members of the community can help to stop drug abuse. If D.A.R.E. can change their ways of teaching into effective ways, drug prevention would be much easier. Sadly, D.A.R.E. does not do that. They seem, as they just want to make money. If it’s not for the money, their teaching methods are terribly ineffective. Many people can do better with teaching drug prevention. It’s obvious that D.A.R.E. is useless. They are inefficient with steering kids in the right direction. That’s why parents, close friends, and family should step in and help them with drug addictions within their own family. Drug abuse will end.