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.