I’m an eighth-grader at Laguna Middle School and recently became aware that drug education is not in our school curriculum. I think it’s necessary if we’re to get the proper education needed for when we graduate and go out into the world.
The purpose of school is to educate us about the world around us and to prepare us for when we have to fend for ourselves. But we’re not learning that part of the world around us. As we get older, it’s more likely that we’ll be in a situation in which we’re pressured into consuming drugs like marijuana. We need to know the effects of recreational drugs to help us make good decisions in that kind of situation.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about one-sixth of teen smokers become addicted, and marijuana’s harmful effect on developing brains puts us more at risk than adults who smoke multiple times a day.
Please do whatever you can to reinforce the idea that drug education should be integrated into our curriculum. Please encourage our school district and private schools to offer drug education at a younger age.
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Ian McKay, San Luis Obispo