Generation after generation, parents and educators have worked to steer kids away from drugs and alcohol. But until recently, there was little research to show them the most effective ways of doing so.
In the past, school-based prevention programs mostly attempted to scare young people away from drugs. Kids of the ‘90s may recall a teacher popping in a VHS tape that showed a teen revved up on PCP. The video ends with the teen jumping off the roof of a house. And many a school resource officer has told students a terrifying tale of local teens “gone bad.”
More recently, schools have sponsored drug awareness events that might include a guest speaker, factual handouts, a spirit-lifting pep rally, and perhaps even a rubber bracelet stamped with a slogan like, “Live Drug Free!”