TEEN BOARDING SCHOOLS
Budget cuts to federal anti-drug campaign may have lasting negative impacts, expert says
By Staff Writer
A new analysis from the Office of National Drug Control Policy's National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign (NYADMC) has found that teens who were exposed to drug abuse prevention messages were less likely to use marijuana.
According to Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Partnership at Drugfree.org, the data confirms that the campaign messages are positively influencing teens to make better lifestyle choices.
"A national, research-based public education campaign that is evaluated for effectiveness remains a vital tool in helping reduce teen drug use and improve the long-term health of our children and families," Pasierb added. "The NYADMC campaign is proving to be an invaluable investment in our nation's future at the very same time that its funding support is being seriously threatened."
He said that cutting these funds would have a direct, negative impact on the 35 million families with teen children in the U.S.
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