Newsmaker Q&A: Kasprzak advocates for Team Fort Collins
Question: How has alcohol and drug-abuse prevention changed in the last 10 years?
Answer: It’s changed from being reliant upon anecdotal information and scare tactics to more evidence-based approaches, to help youth and adults make healthy choices.
When I was growing up, it was common to have fear-related activities that talked about alcohol and drugs. For instance, parking a car that had been wrecked by a drunk driver in front of the school for a week. That can have a place, but if it’s the only type of education then it doesn’t actually stay with students very long. They need something that addresses biology and brain development. Our staff has looked at best practices nationwide and selected materials and curriculum that has been proven to have affect with use.
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