We notice that many parents want more and more information on the products, the exact consequences of their consumption...They would like to see pictures, to understand how drugs affect the body, their exact impact on the brain – (as if the human being is nothing but a brain, as some would have us believe)... This intellectual approach would be totally legitimate were it not for its consequences: we get drowned in the details and pushed further away from our objective of prevention.
By the way, that is how misinformation campaigns on drugs are orchestrated: they focus people's attention on a detail or one dangerous aspect rather than having them focus on the whole picture. People are therefore distracted from being able to take proper action.
The approach that we suggest you follow is very simple: to be informed objectively and scientifically on the dangers of drugs, to sustain as much as possible a climate of confidence and dialogue, to discuss with our children what they are doing, whether they take drugs, whether they have been offered any, whether they have friends who take drugs and so on.
Let us get back to the basics by reminding them that:
• Drug consumption is not inevitable. Goodwill can defeat it. Our children have to know how to say NO when they are offered drugs;
• Drugs are not a disease: they are not contagious;
• The body cannot heal itself. The only way to stop them is to not consume them anymore – be careful not to be fooled by drugs used to "treat" drug addicts).
A drug is a drug. Let us keep in mind that there are no drugs less dangerous than others!
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