Teen Drug Use and Target America: Know the Damage Drug Use Causes

It’s not my kid.

He’s only smoking pot.

It’s the friends she is hanging with.

The longer parents are in denial, the more they are at risk of raising an addict.

Addiction is treatable, education is key to prevention.  Let’s not get to the addiction phase.

Most Americans are unaware of the science behind the damaging effects of illegal drugs on the mind and body, or of the other tremendous costs associated with the production, sale, and use of illegal drugs. The costs to society—estimated at more than $180 billion a year—are borne by all of us in some way.

Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause is a traveling exhibit designed to open eyes to the science behind addiction to illegal drugs and the myriad costs of illegal drugs—to individuals, American society, and the world—and to provide food for thought on how each and every one of us can make a difference.

The exhibit, which debuted at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum in 2002, presents newly expanded content, including SAMHSA’s interactive learning experience that enables visitors to explore the facts related to underage drinking, illicit drug use, and prescription drug misuse and abuse, and to learn how they can help individuals who are at risk for or contemplating suicide. Redesigned for this most recent opening, SAMHSA’s section supports its Strategic Initiative to prevent mental illness and substance abuse by focusing on actions and activities that help people build emotional health and stay free of drugs and alcohol.

Learn more by visiting Target America and download their brochure here.

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