The Differences in Drug Education Programs

Almost every parent in the country wants his or her children to stay away from drugs and substances. Since the 1980’s, several programs have been put into place to keep children safe and healthy. Although some people support such programs while others think they are a waste of time, children everywhere are aware of the basic message: Don’t do drugs. The D.A.R.E. and N.O.V.A programs are both designed to keep children safe from addiction although they have some differences.

D.A.R.E. and N.O.V.A.

Addiction can be devastating and can lead to drug rehab. That being said, efforts to keep children safe from drugs are vital. Two programs, D.A.R.E. and N.O.V.A. are taught to children in schools. D.A.R.E. is taught nationwide while N.O.V.A. is taught at a local level in Utah schools. D.A.R.E. is a nationwide program that many people are familiar with. The program was created in 1983 in response to high levels of substance abuse across the country. Several studies and sites show that the program has had little effect in practice, but the Scientific American notes that improvements have been made to the program.

Another program to keep kids out of drug rehab is N.O.V.A. Unless one has been raised in Utah, he or she has probably never heard of it. N.O.V.A. is a Utah-based program taught to kids in Utah public schools. Its blog website states that the program was started in 2003 and focuses on dealing with negative aspects of life. Another difference between this program and D.A.R.E. is apparent in the fact that it focuses on more things than just drugs.

Learning at Home

Regardless of what program a school offers, core values and education on drugs can be offered in the home. Parents can help their children realize the importance of making good decisions and staying safe. Drug rehab does not have to be a possibility for children. With guidance and education, children can avoid the drugs and bad decisions all together.

Hayden Ratliff is a health writer for Fusion 360, an SEO and content marketing agency. Information provided by Odyssey House. Follow on Twitter.

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