Why Haven't We Seen Any Anti-Drug Ads Lately?
Quick: Think about the last time you saw an ad advising you to steer clear of drugs. Can you remember? Odds are you probably don't because a new study finds there's been a major drop in your exposure to anti-drug messages.
"Lower budgets mean less ability to reach teens through television, radio, magazines, the Internet -- all the places they spend their time," Tom Hedrick, Senior Communications Officer and Founding Member of The Partnership at Drugfree.org, tells JSYK.
We keep hearing about advertisers pulling out of MTV's 'Skins' (pictured above), so why not fill those slots with anti-drug ads since the show is getting so much heat for showing teen drug use? In the meantime, maybe start a conversation about drugs with either your parents or a school advisor. It might suck, but it looks like it's up to you to get the facts and the more you know, the easier it is to keep from making a really stupid decision.
"Teens who report learning a lot about the dangers of drugs from their parents are half as likely to use as those who don't get those critical message at home," Tom states. In fact, "disappointing my parents" is one of the top reasons teens choose not to do drugs.
"The more harmful a teen perceives a drug to be, the less likely he/she is to use it. So this means that the less often they see the messages, the less likely they are to view drug use as risky and socially unacceptable," Tom continues. So those images of Miley smoking salvia? Not helping, even though the herb is legal in California.
A lot of JSYK readers say they're not smoking pot. What's your main reason for staying away from drugs? %Poll-58687%