Every first Monday of October, the United States celebrates National Child Health Day to increase people’s awareness of how they can protect and develop children’s health and well-being.
Although not a public holiday, schools, government agencies, and organizations in healthcare, health professionals, and institutions observe this day.
Schools hold programs and activities that promote healthy eating, proper hygiene, regular exercise, and periodical medical checkups. Health organizations disseminate information on the importance of vaccination and regular health checkups to keep children safe and healthy.
However, as we researched this nationwide event, we noticed that drug awareness is not included in most activities.
Why Drug Awareness Should Be Taught in Schools on National Health Day and Beyond
Of course, drug awareness is not a topic that can be thoroughly discussed in an event like the Child Health Day. Nevertheless, it is something that schools should consider teaching may be included in subjects like Health or Physical Education. Why?
Take a look at the following facts:
- The United States is home to 48 million schoolchildren aged 6-18.
- A large proportion of teenagers abuse substances such as alcohol or drugs because of peer pressure or bullying.
- Some children experiment with illegal drugs as early as 8th
- 20 million Americans suffer from drug and alcohol abuse.
- Throughout the nation, 10 million young people (ages 12 to 29) need substance abuse treatment.
- Drugs are now the number one cause of accidental death in the US.
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What Schools Can Do to Spread Drug Awareness on Child Health Day and Beyond
As mentioned above, drug awareness is not something that can be taught in a single day. However, schools can include some activities like:
- Ask a drug treatment center or any government health institution to conduct a fun activity that would help children understand what illegal drugs are, their effects, and so on.
- Visit the Red Ribbon website. Red Ribbon is the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign. It has many ideas and activities that would pique the interest and curiosity of children. And if your organization is interested, you can join the Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31. There are contests you might be interested in.
- For younger children under your care, you can download different student activities books at Scholastic. There are drug education activities, FAQs on Cocaine, and more!
- If your school is considering including drug awareness in your curriculum, you can visit Best Drug Rehabilitation and download their free lesson plans and other materials.
As educators, you are the children’s second parents. Whatever their current circumstances are, you can help shape the lives of the children under your care, Child Health Day or not.
Want to learn more about drug-related topics? Please visit the Ovus Medical blog. We have topics that can benefit you and your organization.
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