We believe that education is the key to prevention. This education needs to talk directly to the students and include memorable content that can change behaviour – or prevent behaviour in this case. We believe that by talking to students right throughout their high school careers, we can stay in their minds if/when they are first offered synthetic drugs. Having the knowledge means that these kids will have the choice to make an informed decision. By showing kids, not telling them, what is in synthetic drugs and what the effects can be on their own lives and the lives of their families, we believe that we are one step closer to stopping the demand of synthetic drugs – and without demand there will be no supply. This generation has the chance to reverse this epidemic and we believe that education is the way to help them do that.
Synthetic drugs can affect teens and tweens in a variety of ways that are obvious and some that take a longer time to develop. These effects can range from anxiety and depression to full psychosis and rage. Discussing the effects of synthetic drugs is a major section of our education program and one we think that every student needs to hear.
As educators, you see these children almost daily and will have a certain ability to see the change in behaviour and spot the risk factors that come with drug use. Having that direct relationship and intervention is very powerful; however, being able to reach every teen or tween with a clear and decisive message on synthetic drugs would be near impossible.
That is why we want to partner with you, the teachers, to deliver our Substance Abuse Awareness program and help students see and understand the effects of synthetic drug use. While many kids think that they are invincible, our presentation uses real life stories and visual aids to help teens understand that they are never immune!
Our ‘Orange Day’ initiative is all about getting Sideffect to your school by giving the parents an option of having their child attend the presentation for just $10. For more information about having a Sideffect Orange Day at your school, contact us!