What is the Value of Educating Kids About Drugs vs. Telling Them to Just Say ‘No’?
When we talk about kids and just saying ‘no’, it is a subject full of complexity. We must point out such topics as, what drugs do to the body. We know that when you inhale smoke, it hurts the lungs. We know that when you drink, it affects your internal organs. It also affects your ability to compile information and reason with sane decisions. Kids need to know that these substances will hinder their ability to make good decisions. For example, people getting behind the wheel of a car when they are drunk. This is because they are not acting normal. This education must be pushed into our society; more so than anything. It must be pushed to a point where the young man or woman can make a reasonable determination to not go to the party and drink, but rather abstain from using and promote a drug-free lifestyle.
Education and Awareness
educating and awareness the most important thing? Of course it is. Educating and awareness is the only thing. If our society can actually start standing on its two feet and start making sane decisions about awareness and teaching our kids, we can all have a better society that we can leave for our grandchildren. A society that is aware about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol and a society that knows doing drugs does not lead to a better job, more “girlfriends” or “boyfriends”, and does not lead to a more exciting life. It actually leads to more pain and misery, and those things nobody likes.
You can’t just say “don’t do drugs” or “drugs are bad for you.” Kids are more intelligent than that. They want to know “why?” You have to impress upon them the ways that drugs can ruin a person’s entire life. For instance, let’s say a young person gets in trouble with law enforcement for selling drugs or something like stealing or forging checks in order to obtain the money to buy drugs. This record will follow them for the rest of their lives. They now have a criminal record which will hinder their abilities to be employed in most any field of work. Any application for employment now asks if you have a criminal record. Impress upon them what a liability this will be for them when seeking gainful employment. This is something kids can relate to; you have to give them ‘for instances’ to think about.
Kids need to be encouraged to set goals for their lives and to remain focused on those goals. They cannot give in to peer pressure in order to ‘fit in’ with the cool kids in school. You have to stress upon them that there is much more to their lives than being high and partying. Sure, they may think that is all it is. Impress upon them how easily that can turn into dependence and a need for the drugs just to feel normal. Life is no party after that happens. If a kid today does not get their education, they are deemed to a life of poverty and feelings of low self-esteem for their entire adult lives. They will never have a feeling of accomplishment.
Educate them about the physical dangers of drugs and about how many kids’ lives are cut short due to drugs. Car accidents while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol claim far too many teens’ lives every day. Unintentional overdose deaths occur daily. Far too many brilliant and promising lives have been lost due to drugs.
Promoting Drug Awareness
The point I’m trying to make here is, in order to promote drug awareness in kids, you have to educate them about the consequences of drug use and how it will have an effect on their entire future lives.