All too many young people are receiving mixed messages and inaccurate information about drugs.
As parents, we need to talk to young people about drugs and make sure they understand that drugs are dangerous, addictive substances that can ruin their lives and harm their communities.
Educating young people about the harms of drugs is essential.
In recent years, we have been sending a clear, consistent signal about the harms of drugs, particularly marijuana, which for most young people is the first illegal drug that they are exposed to.
Marijuana is a much bigger part of the American addiction problem than most people - teens or adults - realize.
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We know that if we can prevent kids from trying drugs in their teenage years, we dramatically reduce the likelihood that they will go on to have problems later in life.
All school districts receive funds from the federal government, through the Department of Education, to support anti-drug education efforts.
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The purpose of random testing is not to catch, punish, or expose students who use drugs, but to save their lives and discover abuse problems early so that students can grow up and learn in a drug-free environment.
Some of these pro-drug messages come from popular culture.
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This was a result of a number of factors, but we do know that the messages kids get about the harms of drugs has a significant impact on their decision on whether or not to use.