Compared with U. In addition, states with laws that restrict children's access to guns have lower rates of firearm-related suicides among youth, even after controlling for other factors, the study said. The research will be presented in a scientific talk Nov. But our study shows that what states do at the state level really does have an impact.
Lax state gun laws linked to more child, teen gun deaths
The Benefits and Costs of Drug Use Prevention | RAND
Y esterday we published the results of the biggest survey of drug use ever conducted, the Global Drug Survey , with responses from more than , people across the world. In most cases it is meaningful, goal-oriented behaviour. And when the drugs no longer do what we want them to, most of us stop. Our main message, in other words, is that there is a rational aspect to these decisions and the most appropriate response is providing accurate information that facilitates sensible choices and keeps people safe, rather than scaremongering or trying to enforce laws that are widely broken. Bad drug laws arguably make the years of taking drugs more dangerous, as users have to run the risk of a criminal record and rely on informal, inconsistent and impure sources of supply. So I guess you could ask of our current drug laws — what are they good for?
Sharp drop in Australian teenagers’ use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco
The new research supported the following conclusions:. Both use a "social-influence" strategy--one in which adolescents are motivated to resist pro-drug messages from peers and the media and taught methods for doing so. As evaluated, Project ALERT consisted of 11 sessions offered to seventh- and eighth-graders, while Life Skills Training consisted of 30 sessions during seventh, eight, and ninth grades. These evaluations did not measure effectiveness at reducing cocaine consumption; typically, those who use cocaine do not begin doing so until well after their early adolescent years--and after the evaluations have stopped collecting data.
At this point, it's well established that the War on Drugs has failed: it has disproportionately targeted minorities, it has contributed to mass incarceration, and it has done little actually reduce drug use. It's time to change this country's attitude towards drug users. It's time to try something new. Now, the apparent intentions of the War on Drugs are good.