Drug Abuse Prevention

Drug abuse prevention involves several different approaches. Largely targeted towards children, teens and young adults, non-profit organizations, the government, and schools aim to work in tandem with parents to decrease the risk of drug abuse and addiction. These efforts range from changes in lifestyle where teens are encouraged to participate in physical activity and exercise, to more formal programs that instruct teachers and parents on how to identify signs of drug abuse and provide means of intervention before the problem becomes unmanageable. Educating children from elementary schools about the types of drugs and the dangers of using drugs is also carried out on a large scale to prevent an escalation of the country’s drug problem.

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