International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking – preventing drug abuse
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed on the 26th June as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
The theme for 2018 is: “Listen First – Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe.” It is a UNODC initiative to increase support for the prevention of drug use that is based on science and is therefore an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities.
Drug abuse prevention begins with education, spreading the word regarding the dangers of drugs to oneself and to the community. That’s why here at Impero, we have provided you with ways to prevent drug abuse and illicit trafficking in schools, alongside ways to prevent drug abuse in a home environment, following the ‘Listen First’ theme.
Approximately 50% of teens have misused drugs (prescription or illicit) at least once in their life.
23.6% of 12th grade students have reported using illicit drugs in the last year.
7.5% of teens reported that they had smoked marijuana for the first time before the age of 13
The majority of adolescents that abuse prescription opioid painkillers are able to obtain them from friends or family members, with about 33% obtaining prescriptions of their own
Preventing drug abuse and illicit trafficking in schools
- Listen First – in order to create a strong bond with a student, the teacher must listen with empathy and care. It creates trust and respect, potentially leading to less risky behavior.
- Prevention Programmes – life skills and social influence programmes delivered in schools can prevent one quarter of drug use occurring. Programmes should ensure that all aspects of drug abuse are addressed.
- Support – through a curriculum of interactive activities, teachers can support the development of the personal and social skills of children.
- Culture – teachers must create a positive school culture that supports the active participation of students.
- Counselling – teachers should be encouraged to provide non-judgemental counselling to children who need it. They should do everything possible to keep all children in school. Schools with counselling support have been seen to be successful at reducing drug abuse and illicit trafficking .
- Rules – schools must enforce strict compliance rules to reduce drug usage.
Preventing drug abuse and illicit trafficking in a home environment
- Listen First – spending even a small amount of time each day giving your child your complete attention can really help to prevent the use of drugs.
- Praise – praise your child for at least one thing he/she is doing right. The children of parents that have a warm parenting style and know where their children are and what they are doing, are five times less likely to use stimulates or opioids.
- Rules – set clear rules for behavior, focusing on what needs to be done. When rules are broken, try and stay calm, making sure there are clear and reasonable consequences.
- Monitor – parents who monitor their children closely and have good knowledge about their whereabouts, find their children are 20% less likely to use drugs. Ask your child where he/she will be, for how long, with whom and doing what. Parental monitoring has been reported to be the most effective way to slow down the expansion of drugs in family situations.
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