Those who are informed can resist peer pressure and choose for themselves to never start drugs in the first place. There is another result: When individuals, especially young people, learn the truth about drugs, they naturally want to bring that information to their friends and others.
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And thus the program and its activities continue to expand person to person, community to community. The Truth About Drugs campaign is carried out through a wide variety of actions and events, each a proven means to popularize and promote drug-free living. To engage and empower as many people as possible, the activities are simple and designed for participants of all ages. Above all, they are effective in bringing the truth about drugs to millions.
Volunteers set up information booths in high-traffic city locations, bringing the facts to the attention of hundreds of thousands of pedestrians through booklet distribution, PSA showings, informal lectures, drug-free pledge signings, and performances by musicians, acrobats and other entertainers. In France, some 10 million drug education booklets have been distributed in the past two decades through handouts and drug prevention events raising public awareness.
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Essay and poster contests recognize effective expressions of messages to live drug-free. Such contests are organized in schools, youth activity clubs and community centers to raise awareness about drugs and increase involvement in activities that popularize drug-free living. The essays and posters, including the winning entries, are exhibited in schools, community centers and churches.
Drug-free youth clubs are yet another effective means of promoting a drug-free lifestyle. They are formed around one simple message: Find out the truth about drugs. Club members distribute the Truth About Drugs materials to their friends, classmates and neighbors, encouraging them to sign the drug-free pledge. Volunteers conduct drug education lectures in schools at all grade levels, using the information in the Truth About Drugs booklets and public service announcements.
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Young people appear on local public access television and radio talk shows to promote their drug education activities. Drawing on 25 years of experience in drug prevention, the Truth About Drugs program has solved the problem of effectively communicating to teens and young adults the reality of drug abuse, individually and through mass communication. Both experience and surveys show that teens and young adults are most likely to listen to their peers. Thus the core message is provided by young people—some of whom have gone down the path of addiction and survived to tell the story—who speak to other young people in booklets, public service announcements and a documentary film.
The cornerstone of the program is a series of 13 fact-filled booklets that, without scare tactics, inform about drugs, empowering young people to make their own decisions to live drug-free. The series consists of an overview booklet and one booklet for each of the most commonly abused drugs:. Each publication describes how the drugs work and the mental and physical effects they create.
Reinforcing these facts and statistics are firsthand accounts from former users telling about life on drugs. The booklets dispel myths by presenting the facts about the effects of each drug, both short-term and long-term. They have been translated into 17 languages and distributed across countries.
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