Health professionals have used years of experience and research to put together a list of reasons teens use drugs; the answers are called "root causes" or "risk factors" (depending on the group you talk to). We can stop a damaging behavior, if we witness it taking place, by using enforcement. However, if we use the same resources to reduce a "root cause" then we might stop a lifetime of damaging behaviors.
The list on this page demonstrates that there are risks throughout life; some come from the people we know, some from the places we go. It was provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the National Prevention Network.
It's not easy for most teens to "Just Say No"
Our Mission: To reduce risky behaviors through prevention education, community collaboration and other Drug-Free Community or similarly evidence-based strategies.
MARPC Manhattan Area Risk Prevention Coalition
1221 Thurston | Manhattan, KS 66502 | (785) 539-8763