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Why is Drug Prevention important?





Drug prevention is important to kids because it helps them to develop healthy habits and make informed decisions about substance use. Here are some reasons why drug prevention is important to kids:

  • Protecting physical and mental health: Drug use can have serious physical and mental health consequences, including addiction, overdose, and long-term health problems. Drug prevention education can help kids understand the risks and consequences of drug use and encourage them to make healthy choices.


  • Preventing addiction: The earlier kids start using drugs, the higher their risk of developing addiction later in life. Drug prevention education can help kids build resilience and coping skills and develop healthy strategies for managing stress and anxiety without resorting to drugs.


  • Promoting academic success: Drug use can negatively impact academic performance, including attendance, grades, and graduation rates. Drug prevention education can help kids stay focused on their goals and avoid the distractions and disruptions that come with drug use.



  • Strengthening relationships: Drug use can strain relationships with family, friends, and peers. Drug prevention education can help kids build healthy relationships based on trust, respect, and communication, and avoid the isolation and loneliness that can come with drug use.



  • Enhancing future opportunities: Drug use can limit future opportunities, including career options, educational opportunities, and social connections. Drug prevention education can help kids make choices that will support their long-term goals and aspirations and build a bright and promising future.



If you're a teacher, administrator, or program coordinator who works with K-5 students and is interested in our Face2Face team working with your group, contact us, and we'll work to fit your program's needs. face2face@ked.org 716-827-9462

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