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A New Gift for Teens -- The Truth About Drugs

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is encouraging parents to give their tweens and teens a new kind of stocking stuffer this Christmas—and it's free. It's a packet of drug education booklets that kids actually like, called "The Truth About Drugs."
Teenagers with Marijuana Booklet
Teenagers with Marijuana Booklet
The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is encouraging parents to give their tweens and teens a new kind of stocking stuffer this Christmas—and it's free. It's a packet of drug education booklets that kids actually like, called "The Truth About Drugs." Made in a youth-friendly, pocket-sized format, the booklets provide straightforward facts from national and international sources and meet head on the problem of how to talk to kids about drugs.

"Drugs are at the root of many of the problems we face today," said Julieta Santagostino, the Director for the Florida chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, the non-profit secular organization that publishes the booklets. "Arming kids with relevant facts about drugs isn't just a nice thing to do, it's a vital part of keeping them happy and healthy."

The Truth About Drugs packet contains a series of booklets on the most commonly abused drugs: alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, ecstasy, cocaine and crack cocaine, prescription drug abuse, methamphetamine, heroin and LSD.

Nineteen year-old Spencer Barnes, the Youth President of the Florida Foundation for a Drug-Free World, says they debunk what kids hear on the street about drugs. "If you don't know better, when someone tells you a drug will make you cool, help you forget your problems or make you one of the guys, it might seem worth the risk," said Barnes. "That's why informative drug education is vital and why these booklets are straight talk—things that pushers and others who want you to do drugs don't say," said Barnes.

"Teens like these booklets because they don't just tell you to say 'no'," said Barnes. "They say what each drug does with real stories from people who have been there -- its not preaching but the facts."

To get a free Truth About Drugs packet, you can order them online at www.drugfreeworld.org.

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say know to drugs 24.Dec.2008 20:19

say no to ignorance

If by truth you mean lies, then I agree 24.Dec.2008 22:28


Where are the stories of people who use drugs responsibly? Where are the stories of indigenous people who use drugs as part of long held cultural traditions? How about the highly successful drug users? Stories of enlightenment achieved? Storie sof pain relieved?

I think Bill Hicks said it best:

... 27.Dec.2008 10:55


The prohibition of drugs causes more harm than the drugs themselves.


Good Questions to Ask 30.Dec.2008 17:21


What would the state WANT me to do? Does the state want me intoxicated? If so, would it want me to be intoxicated by things that make me sluggish, complacent, happy? Do the legal and illegal substances I take make me a more or less capable activist? Do I make better decisions?

Are my actions political rebellions or social tantrums? Are my actions directed against Daddy or Mommy or the state? Do I see any challenge to my personal habits automatically and reflexively as "paternalistic" solely because of my own personal issues?

The 60s was a good time for activism, but got caught up in a drug haze and was turned into a social tantrum instead of a political revolution. Acid appeared just in time, sponsored by the CIA. Funny that E should become so popular during the 90s when anti-corporate globalism was just beginning to gain traction. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.

Remember Soma in Aldous Huxley's Brave New World? It's not just Paxil and legally prescribed drugs that make you less capable in general.

If I was an oppressive empire, I would definitely want to drug any resistance movements against me.

let's review 31.Dec.2008 22:57

what is this goddamn article about again

We're not talking about you or the "revolutionaries" around you who seem to annoy you with their habits.

How about this: Find some clean and sober revolutionaries to hang out with.

Also, study the '60s without the glorifying rosy lenses of nostalgia and disappointment and discover the real reasons there were nowhere near any revolutionary conditions in North America at the time. Why people THOUGHT there were is an interesting question, that has nothing to do with this article.

Yes, your presumptuous interest in the personal habits of "teens" you don't even know is paternalism.

Oh, paternalism! 01.Jan.2009 03:14


You mean like that mean ol nasty paternalism that would be interested in teens interested in signing up for the military, right? Oh, that's not paternalism, you say, but justifiable concern over a lack of introspection on their part? Well, on that point at least I imagine we both agree. People of all ages don't always think through the unintended consequences of their actions. Maybe protesting military recruiting should be abondoned, because it's paternalistic? Just stop providing alternative information about the military to high school students? We wouldn't want to be paternalistic, right?

Let's review what is concern and what is paternalism, and who gets to define it, and which advice triggers kneejerk reactions here, and why. Although the pamphlet is absurd, the announcement of which is couched in terms of typical drug warrior ignorance of the bigger picture of drug prohibition, also absurd are the immediate reactions of commentors, which also ignore the greater context of how any drug use in our society might be something other than helpful. True, I simplified the 60s above, but oppressors of every kind have such an upper hand that can we afford to act hazily? Once commentors started discussing the habits themselves, is it crazy out of line to ask questions about such habits?