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Rethinking Drug Education

It's a familiar pattern. A story breaks in the media about some new drug being used by young people. Soon the buzz is about how this new drug is the most harmful and most addictive drug yet discovered. And then someone suggests that schools should solve the problem. But can schools really provide the solution? And, if so, why aren’t current drug education programs addressing these new challenges? Perhaps we need to rethink our whole approach to drug education.

Editor's Message: Schools

Mental health problems among elementary and high school students are much more common than many British Columbians believe, and use of alcohol and other drugs by teenagers has its own misconceptions. No classroom is immune to these issues or their interweaving; at any given time, at least a handful of students in each classroom in this province are going to struggle with them.

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