The Drug Reduction Program is a government initiative by the DEA that aims to reduce the demand and eventual use of drugs and alcohol. This initiative works through a three tier system namely, law enforcement, prevention and treatment of drug users. This system has seen a successful outreach to many drug users ant the eventual treatment of addicts. Through the combined efforts of families, law enforcement officers and the community at large, this program has seen a decline in drug use and demand in the targeted areas.
Among the strategies employed by the DEA Initiative is community outreach and sensitization. This has seen the successful holding of open forums in schools and communities to sensitize the youth especially on the effects of drug and substance abuse. It is the belief of the DEA Initiative that the longer one delays exposure to drugs, the lesser the chances of addiction. This is why this initiative has targeted schools.
The DEA Initiative also sensitizes parents and caregivers to look out for their protégés to ensure they do not get exposed to drugs. This outlook has been implemented through open community forums and online mechanisms. The initiative has created a website: www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.Com that targets parents and caregivers. This site has a myriad of information and ideas that would assist such adults in monitoring and even counseling of recovering drug addicts.
Drugs abuse need not cause a standstill to the victim or his family’s life. This initiative also targets addicts who want to stop their addiction. To educate yourself better on this initiative by DEA, log on to http://www.justice.gov/dea/prevention/overview.shtml