by Sean Hedden
Drug abuse is a national epidemic that is a symptom of violence among communities, especially affecting youth and schools. The National Institute on Drug Abuse provides information about every aspect of every mind or mood altering chemical. The NIH’s mission is “to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.” From e-cigarettes and marijuana to methamphetamine and narcotics, The NIH examines all addictive drugs and their effects on individuals and the community.
There are also free publications that can be helpful to families who need guides on preventing drug use for their children. The Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood offers 7 principles that offers ways to intervene with a young child, informing them about the dangers of drug use before they are influenced by the pressures of adolescence. Another publication, the Family Checkup “provides parents with research-based skills to help keep their children be drug-free.”