As more and more young people experiment with drugs it's important to find a realistic approach when teaching. 'Just say no' has become a little dated, instead we need to find a happy medium. This article offers ideas on how to be realistic when it comes to drug education.
This British documentary provides young people with the reality of taking drugs, from the euphoric highs to the lows. I suggest watching in advance and making sure you are aware of your pupils backgrounds as some scenes may be distressing, particularly if any of them have had experience with drug users.
Ethan Nadelmann offers intriguing insight on why we should turn our focus away from the problems of drug trafficking and instead channel our energy on regulation. As a teacher, his message at 14.00 is a key mantra for modern drug education and highlights the simple fact that all we want is for our teens to come home safe at the end of the night.
The harm minimization approach to drug education is just that - minimizing harm. It takes the idea that many teens will, at some point, either try drugs themselves or be around those who do. As educators we must teach them how to act safely and make their own informed decisions, as well as knowing what to do should an unsafe situation arise. It's all about keeping our young ones safe and allowing them to develop into responsible adults.