Drug Abuse and Resilience Assignment

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Drug Abuse and ResilienceNgesu, L. M., & Njeru, A. N. (2014). Causes and effects of drugs and substance abuseamong secondary school students in Dagoreti division, Nairobi West district.The selected article (Ngesu, L. M., & Njeru, A. N., 2014)deals with the drug addiction in thesecondary school students in Dagoretti Division, Nairobi West district-Kenya. According to thepaper, the drug has a different definition of different people. The drug is a substance which altersthe functions of an organism taking it. Drug intake can be considered legal or illegal dependingupon its medical or non-medical use. The substance which affects the person psychologically orphysiologically and contributes risk to the health is known as drug abuse. Drug abuse has beenseen to ruin our youth and their education. The study was conducted in secondary schools inDagoretti Division, Nairobi to find out the reason what make students indulge into the drugabuse. The data was collected, organized and prepared for analysis by entry and coding in thesoftware Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). The main reasons for drug addictionamong the adolescents were found to be ranging from the stress of physical change, thepsychological changes, and competitions in school, individualization from family, sexual, social,vocational identification, power, and independence. Drug abuse leads to poor performance andaggressive behavior. Other factor starts with the curiosity to try and ends up becoming a graduatein drug addiction field. The study recommended that the drug abusers should send for guidance,heavy punishments and most important the counseling sessions to make students and theirenvironment drug-free. United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) reported over 60%of students were on drug abuse. In the past two decades, the use or overuse of drugs illegally haspenetrated every part of the globe. The paper concluded by mentioning that the Ministry ofEducation should take care of the material and moral support to the students. The drug abuseinformation should be integrated into the school curriculum. Student’s behavior should be1
Drug Abuse and Resiliencechecked, managed and supported. Parents and teachers should also be aware and guided todevelop the positive relationship between them (Ngesu, L. M., & Njeru, A. N., 2014).Brown, J. H. (2001). Youth, drugs and resilience education. Journal of Drug Education,31(1), 83-122.Addiction is a complex chronic disease, quitting is more difficult than the strong will to do so. Itis a relapsing disease which means a person may return to its abuse even after a long interval ofleaving it. Resilience must be built in children to say no to drugs which are included under drugaddiction treatments. The parents, teachers, and guardians can follow the necessary steps to buildresilience among the youth to say no to drugs (Brown, J. H., 2001).Dusenbury, L., Brannigan, R., Falco, M., & Hansen, W. B. (2003). A review of research onfidelity of implementation: implications for drug abuse prevention in school settings.Health education research, 18(2), 237-256.As a guardian when they admit their children into the school they should accept theresponsibility to check if their kids are attending the school daily, they should communicate withthe staff of the school to discuss the behavior of the child. Family members should also tell theschool members about the health issues and other matter of relevance. To cater for social,emotional and developmental needs of students teachers should also help them in improvising.They should ensure that the parents are given full access to information related to drug abuse andrelated documents. Time to time feedback should be taken, and classroom management strategiesshould be developed so as all the students take part in various activities. Students must be givenan award of appreciation in case they do well in particular field. Various support systems and2
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