Hi, Im doing a project for my nursing class and we are to join a discussion board and post a question. My question is about substance abuse and schools. I had a 25 year old cousin who recently passed away from an overdose, so I am interested in other peoples opinion's of substance abuse and schools. My question is...
Why aren't schools involved in teaching their students about heroin abuse and its outcomes?
..any response would be greatly appreciated and accepted! Thanks!
What makes you say that schools aren't teaching about this? Even back in prehistoric times when I went to school, we were taught about substance abuse and why to avoid it -- as early as 5th grade, and then on and off throughout till high school. As the previous poster pointed out, this isn't always enough to stop people from abusing -- but I still think this type of education is an important first step and may cause at least some to think twice about abusing drugs.
I'm also very sorry about your cousin.
Last edit by noahsmama on Mar 2, '12
what makes you say that "the schools" don't tell their students about the risks of drugs? you can't swing a dead cat around here without running into another program like that. true, it's backed off some since "the war on drugs" didn't work out much better than any other "war on..." program. this is probably because the impulse for humans to do mood- and perception-altering substances goes back millennia. and there are always people willing to make a lot of money off it.
i'm sorry about your cousin, too. at 25, though, i am sure s/he was out of school for some time and quite aware of the risks involved in heroin. i can't tell how close you were, but if it bothered you enough to bring it up in the form of this assignment, perhaps you still need some comforting.
sometimes a school assignment ends up teaching you something you weren't expecting. your faculty knows that... so what are you learning here? i can see a few options:
)) you think more about how to develop a research question. that means, maybe look into the subject of your question (lack of drug education in schools) and see how much data you can find before you decide what to ask. or what your own preconceptions are when you propose a data-collection event. what if you don't get what you expect?
)) you learn a bit more about your personal response to suffering and tragedy.
)) you learn that maybe the classes don't make a bit of difference.
)) you learn a bit more about how you process your own, perhaps painful, life events.
you just never know. good luck; let us know what happens.
Last edit by nurseprnRN on Mar 2, '12
Oh and btw, it is specifically the DARE program that is controversial. Study after study have shown no lasting effects on drug and alcohol use and some studies have shown an increase in graduates using drugs shortly after completing the program.
Last edit by jt43 on Mar 4, '12
: Reason: typo