Investing money in effective drug abuse prevention activities for children can have a tremendously positive impact on communities and economies. One study shows that for every dollar invested in effective anti-drug programs communities save $10 (in costs that include law enforcement, treatment, and correction).
Ideally, drug use prevention starts at home. Parents are the primary role models in their children’s lives, and research shows that, by opening the lines of communication with children, parents can prevent drug use. Specifically, parents should discuss the facts about how drugs harm the body, situations in which drugs might be offered, and potential responses to offers to use drugs. Parents should also model drug-free ways to cope with stress and pressure.
Outside the home, schools and other programs should teach children directly about how drugs work and what health and wellness dangers they pose. Engaging activities related to drug abuse resistance education involve children firsthand in understanding how and why to avoid drugs.
About Sheriff Gregory Munks
In his role as Sheriff of San Mateo County, Greg Munks leads the Sheriff’s Activities League, which provides activities for 1,000 disadvantaged children. One of the league’s focal events is an annual summer camp that teaches drug and gang avoidance while providing typical summer camp activities.