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Four Ways to Include Drug Prevention in Your Religious Programs: A Guidebook for Faith Leaders

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Four Ways to Include Drug Prevention in Your Religious Programs: A Guidebook for Faith Leaders

by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign

 

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Summary:

 

This short, practical booklet addresses the need for more drug prevention programs in faith-based organizations, citing the fact that “of 1,236 congregations surveyed [in 1998], only 2 percent have participated in or supported substance abuse programs, as compared with 33 percent for hunger-related projects, 18 percent for housing/shelter and 11 percent for clothing.”  The booklet then gives four simple suggestions to including drug prevention in religious programs: 1) make substance abuse more of a priority, 2) use the context of faith and religious beliefs to address substance abuse, 3) address the manipulative impact of media and popular culture, and 4) spread the word by connecting with community organizations, local media, and drug prevention programs.

 

This free booklet also lists helpful contacts and online resources.  More information can be found at www.theantidrug.com/faith.

 

Why does FASTEN recommend this resource?

 

This is a simple first step to incorporating drug prevention in religious programs.  It will help church leaders and youth workers recognize the need for attention in this area and point them in the right direction to addressing it. 

 

 

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Related Links
Congregational Resources Guide: Resources for Congregations

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