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Anti-drug Education Methods Adapt to Times

The days of pumping students full of "this is your brain on drugs" public service announcements are long gone.

Drug and alcohol abuse educators these days have a more scientific approach based on results. Longview schools discontinued programs such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) and have begun using research-based government funded programs. With that transition, drug education curriculum also has changed.

"To truly be effective in altering the behavior of young people (a program) must be factual and it must provide them with tools they can use for their life," said Susan Erwin Morgan, executive director of East Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (ETCADA).

Educating children at every age is critical, Morgan said. ETCADA offers three programs for students LifeSkills Training for elementary students, Youth Connection for middle school students and Project Toward No Drug Abuse, an intervention program for alternative school students and juvenile detention centers.

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