I have not heard any reporting on what type of drug education our
children are receiving in schools. Considering the high number of
deaths due to drug overdoses just this year alone, that is 500 in B.C.
in the last three months, I would like to know if the schools have any
drug prevention education and if so, what is the message?
Recently the granddaughter of a friend of mine who is in Grade 7
stated that her teacher said, "if you're going to do drugs, do it safely"
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Letter writer Cristina Adam asserted that abstinence-based drug education is
the best, adding that "in no uncertain terms there is NO way to take drugs
safely." ("Letter: Say no to drugs the best message," May 3)
Alas, the "drug abuse resistance education" and "Just say 'no'"
messaging Adam recalls from her youth was found to be ineffective, if
not counter-productive. DARE graduates and those exposed to such
simplistic messaging were actually more likely to experiment with drugs.
While nothing in life is absolutely safe, some drugs, some means of
ingestion and some situations are more hazardous than others. For
example, cannabis is safer than alcohol, vaping is safer than smoking
and having a beer at home after work or school is safer than drinking
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