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Drug Abuse Prevention Baltimore

Research can help us prevent drug abuse if we only listen to the facts.

Baltimore like most cities has an increasing drug abuse problem. Studies are being done to find out why. Baltimore is a high-intensity drug trafficking area and the neighborhoods within the inner city suffer greatly due to drug trafficking organizations (DOTs) which produce, manufacture, transport and distribute the chronic use of illegal drugs in the area. Dr. Nurco of the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine is focusing his work on drug abuse prevention and treatment with inner city children and their families in Baltimore. Narconon Arrowhead has been delivering drug education since 2000 to help educate children and their families about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Dr. Nurco's early research  in the 1960's studied a series of exploratory investigations involving  130 agencies and schools providing an in- depth look into drug abuse as a public health problem. This research found that most people were ignorant about drug abuse and that in the schools principles and teachers were reluctant to admit that there were drug problems within the schools for fear that they would be blamed.  His current research is examining vulnerability to narcotic addiction. "Why do some people become addicts and others don't?" This is a question that puzzles the minds of many when it comes to drug abuse and addiction. One of the earliest findings during this latest research was that the friendships children form at age 11 reveal a great deal about how they will grow up. Children who are exposed to other children who use alcohol or illicit drugs will most likely become addicted to narcotics. Those that use at an early age will also have a much higher chance of being criminals. 

This research coupled with what we already know about drug addiction in adults fits together like hand and glove. Most adults who find themselves looking in the mirror and wondering "what happened to my dreams" can easily go back in time and remember where things started to go south.  The saying, if I could only go back I'd change it all; fits perfectly here but, we can never go back we can only move forward. Drug abuse prevention is more important than ever in our communities because we are fighting against the clock of our youth. The youth of Baltimore and this country are faced with many more dangerous problems than the youth of 30 years ago when Dr. Nurco first started his research. As families grow and communities become more diverse it’s important for us to pull together and prevent drug abuse before it starts in order to make the future better and saner for everyone.

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