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WHY SAY NO?

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A WebQuest by Christi Skrovan & Dorothy Hammond

 

You've all heard it time and time again--"Just Say NO!" This is the anti-drug campaign slogan popularized by Nancy Reagan to keep kids and teens from using drugs. But is this catchy phrase enough reason to resist the temptation? They tell you "Drugs are bad!", "Drugs are unhealthy!", and "Drugs kill!" But there are people everywhere still using and abusing controlled substances. Why is this? Maybe they need different motivation. Maybe telling people WHY they should say no would make more of an impact. What an interesting idea…

You will be responsible for getting that message across to your schoolmates. Your group will pick an illegally used drug and put together a pamphlet or poster which will include all of the reasons why not to use that drug. These reasons should not be statistics, but should be the actual physiological, psychological, and chemical impact the substance has on the human brain, and consequently the human life.

Your group will choose one of the following drugs for the project: Marijuana, Cocaine, an Opiate (Heroin, Morphine, or Opium), or a Hallucinogen (LSD, PCP, Psilocybin, or ecstacy). Convince your peers to stay away from this drug!

 

 Background

Even though the use of illegal drugs among high school students decreased slightly a few years ago, the decrease was only temporary. In 1997 and 1998 the figures began to show an increase again. In 1997, 12.6% of high school seniors surveyed indicated that they had used cocaine. In a survey done in 1998, 54.1% of seniors reported illicit drug use, with the use of marijuana reported by 49.1%.

Statistics show that programs like "Just Say NO!" and "D.A.R.E." not only are not working, but many teens have come to distrust these and other similar tactic programs. If the reported dangers of using illegal drugs are not taken seriously by the teenage population, the increase in damage or death resulting from drug use will continue to rise. Teens should be encouraged to locate the most accurate information available themselves, from the most reliable and objective sources. And that is the purpose of this webquest.

 

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