Why isn't Alcohol/Drug Abuse be a part of our education still?
Last Updated: 10/12/2020 at 7:55pm
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This depends on where you're located and the intentions behind it. The United States hold 5% of the worlds population but consumes 75% of the worlds pharmaceuticals. I know quite a few people that are so dependent on these drugs that they don't even perceive an alternative. I remember reading one study that stated that girls who play with dolls as a kid are more prone to have sex at a younger age as they felt the need to be loving and nurturing to the baby as a kid and think about it throughout their life more as they get older and want to act upon it. Can't say it has any correlation with the thought of teaching drug abuse in school although it is a thought. Maybe ask someone in charge at your school like your principle and find out more as to why they don't have drug abuse as an education skill.
I don't know where do you live, honey, but in my country it is part of our education so I'd say in your country it eventually will too.
Instead of ask why, which even you know the reason , it won't make any change. Please focus on what you can do to make change.
Cause maybe its too mainstream to be a part of our education system yet. People think exposing their children to these issues at early ages will have an adverse effect on them.
If you're meaning why do they not teach about it, they do, normally in health classes, they teach about the effects of alcohol and drug abuse.
People are afraid to talk about these things because they are a hard topic to talk about. Some would prefer to just sweep it under the rug and chastise those with those issues. I wish it was a part of our education still because getting rid of the stigma of substance abuse is one of the ways that we can help our communities become stronger and closer.
Alcohol and Drug abuse is a very tricky topic. It deals with nuanced details that can have varied points in different situations. With depression or relationship issues, It may be a good idea to take inventory of all the things we may have tried to get through the issues but with a sensitive topic like Alcohol/Drug Abuse, It's best to assume the dependent is trying the best they can. For those of us who have personal experience dealing with the issues of a Alcohol/ Drug Abuser, We may be able to lend a more caring ear then others. This however is not something that can be taught for empathetic as well as legal reasons. Lets be mindful that people are doing the best that they can at all times.
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