Magazine article Policy & Practice

A Drug Prevention Program You'll Never Forget

Magazine article Policy & Practice

A Drug Prevention Program You'll Never Forget

Article excerpt

A nonprofit organization is using some creative drug prevention and awareness techniques they call The Reality Tour to present the life of a teen on heroin.

The Community Action Network for Drug-free Lifestyle Empowerment (CANDLE) Inc., Butler, Pa., produces realistic drug prevention programs with actionable information for community leaders, parents, and children, illustrating the effects of an addictive lifestyle on the addict, family members, and the community.

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The narrated drama and wraparound program involving law enforcement, volunteers, and addicts in recovery educates parents and children ages10 and up. More than a dozen different drugs, including inhalants and methamphetamine, capture the attention of the audience. The Reality Tour's portrayal of a teen on heroin, from arrest and imprisonment to overdose and death, underscores the ultimate price an addict may have to pay in any type of substance abuse, a scenario familiar to many families.

The Reality Tour Program Model, available for replication for local communities, includes a detailed manual with printed materials that guide local governments, community organizations, schools, parents, and others to stage their own interactive production. …

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