Against Drugs

Group 10: The Best

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Drugs: you can easily get on them, but you can’t easily get off them

Our Issue

Our issue is the improper use of legal, or prescription drugs in schools. Students are prescribed Class II drugs, which are legal, but these can change hands and be misused. We are concerned about the overprescribing of drugs like opinions and stimulants particularly to children such that they enter into a cycle of addiction.

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The Root Cause

The Root Cause of our issue is from genetics, physical and mental pain or conditions, environmental stressors, lack of education, and the continual cycle of drug abuse. In Waco, Texas, cocaine misuse have been an issue for the police. Drug use is increasing among teenagers in schools. Schools are some of the most common places to sell and buy drugs. Students can also get drugs from outside resources like their homes and take it to school. They can be influenced by their parents or neighbors to do drugs.

Our Goal

Our goal is to prevent the cycle of drug abuse. By educating students at an early age about how drugs negatively affect their lives and communities, we will advocate to elected officials to help us fund anti-drug programs at school.

How Others Can Help

Individuals can take action by contacting high school officials about the usage of drugs in their community. They can also talk to administrators about drug use in their schools in order to spread awareness in any way to get the point across.


Others can help us and our issue by petitioning, talking to the administrators at your school about anti-drug programs, writing elected representatives, publicly speaking about the problems of drugs, and spreading awareness through social media and other outlets drugs. You can get people who have experienced drugs and ask them to make testimonies. You can petition to your elected official and tell the problems of drug abuse and write a letter to a representative about making anti-drug programs in school.What others can do to help us and our issue is to petition, talk to the administrators at your school about anti-drug programs, write to elected representatives, publicly speak about the problems of drugs, and spread awareness through social media and other outlets.

The What We Learned Section

  • Austin: I learned that legal drugs can become illegal drugs if they are used too much.

  • Simarion: I learned something about the D.A.R.E program

  • Kaden: I learned that in 2017, 4% of the American adolescent population suffered from a substance abuse disorder.

  • Chloe: I’ve learned that to be a good citizen we should advocate for issues in our community. We must look for the cause of the problem and find a solution that is most beneficial to helping the community. .

  • Lauryn: I learned that, to be a good citizen you need to be involved in your community.

  • Morghan: I learned that drug use among teenagers is increasing in schools.

  • Jana: I’ve learned ways to advocate, and stand up for a cause that you support.

  • Erin: I’ve learned that we should advocate for our issue. In order to find a beneficial solution to stop our community issue, I learned that we should find the root cause and find a way to find a solution to it.

  • Easton:I learned that 38 percent of adults in 2017 had a substance abuse problem

  • Ryan: I learned that I can effectively advocate for my community by first finding the root cause, then contact an elected official. That way we can find the problem, then eliminate it.

Interveiws

While conducting the interviews, we had a lot of people who knew about the DARE program and a few who weren’t really familiar with it. Many people said that the DARE program did educate them, and others said that they didn’t go through it themselves. They learned, while in DARE that drugs are bad for health and communities. While they were in school, some of the interviewees knew people who used drugs, and some didn’t know them directly. Most of the interviewees didn’t know of anyone who sold drugs, but the people who sold drugs, sold mostly marijuana. Many of the people we interviewed knows somebody who is addicted to prescription drugs.


The Resources Section

  • Reboundbehavioralhealth.com
  • Therecoveryvillage.com

The About Us Section

Group Ten: The Best
  • We chose this issue after narrowing down our choices to unemployment or drugs. After we voted between the two, drugs came out on top.

  • We are strong in our convictions.

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