Drug prevention researchers say they know what doesn’t work.
For example, the popular DARE program, which sent police officers into school to teach children how to “just say no” to drugs, had no effect or worse, studies in the United States found. In some cases, it increased their use of alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs.
Rebecca Haines-Saah, an associate professor of public health at the University of Calgary, who studies teenage cannabis use and harm prevention, urges parents to talk to their children early and regularly about the consequences of all substances, including caffeine.
“If we aren’t honest with kids, they will find the information elsewhere,” she said.
With all the discussion about cannabis in Canada as legalization day approached, many parents were alarmed to discover how acceptable it had become among