Save Young Lives from Drug Overdose

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Target: United States Congress

Goal: To subsidize realistic drug education programs for students.

Children and young adults die every day from drug overdoses. Drug abuse resistance education works to an extent to convince a portion of students not to experiment with drugs, but this education fails to extend to those who do choose to experiment with drugs. We need a more realistic drug education program that addresses the fact that some students won’t experiment with drugs and some students will.

For example, there are numerous accounts of young adults dying from combining alcohol with benzodiazepine (depressant) drugs. Had they been taught that that particular combination of drugs leads to respiratory depression and death, they might not have dared to combine the two. We could save innumerable lives if we just educate students on the actual nuances of drug abuse that threaten their lives.

We also need to deploy recovering drug addicts with sufficient clean time under their belt to share with students their real experiences with drug abuse and addiction. After listening to these real accounts of substance addiction, students will then have a better grasp on the actual nature of the issues that surround drug abuse.

We need to protect students that choose to experiment with drugs by educating them as much as possible. Countless lives can be spared if students are informed on deadly drug combinations, pill identification, dosages and effects, etc. Sign this petition to urge the United States Congress to subsidize a more realistic drug education program.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United States Congress,

Countless children and young adults die every day from drug overdoses. Drug prevention programs only work to convince a fraction of students not to experiment with drugs, but these programs fail to help the students who do choose to experiment with drugs. We need to subsidize a more realistic drug education program that not only attempts to prevent drug abuse, but also gives students the education they need should they choose to experiment.

There are innumerable instances of young adults who, due to their naïve attitude towards drugs and alcohol, will, for example, combine benzodiazepine (depressant) drugs with alcohol. This particular combination can quickly lead to respiratory depression and death. Had they been educated on this and many other deadly drug combinations, their lives could have been spared.

We also need recovering drug addicts, with sufficient periods of sobriety, to speak to children about their experiences with drug abuse and addiction. This will work to give students a better grasp on the real issues that surround substance abuse.

Congress must be urged to subsidize a more realistic drug education program for students. There are too many young lives on the line to continue to avert from informing students on matters such as fatal drug combinations, dosages and effects, pill identification, etc.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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