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 When Prevention is DUE



Of all the species of animals that ever inhabited the Earth, humans are hardly the wisest.  With all the potential for intelligence in the human brain, it is sadly a wasteland.  Kneejerk reactions comprise most of the political decisions that have been made throughout history.  Today, even with all the technology, statistics, and data that experts draw up, there is always the lunatic at the top who decides.  

Prevention is not a two-minute mitigation project before the bomb drops.  It's a long, well-planned journey that changes and grows and always improves.  Drug Use Education (DUE) is the only preventative measure to end drug abuse which embraces those who use drugs.  Because the foundation for it is trust, it cannot be implemented in a war zone.  To do so would result in a catastrophic failure because it would be a message of contradictions, just as allowing drugs to be released from government captivity one-by-one or to annex them one-by-one into the realm of controlled substances, as is the current approach.  This tightening of the noose, so to speak, it ultimately disruptive.  It is stifling, and therefore, the reverse of evolution. 

Because DUE is a prevention program, it must have a solid beginning at an early age.  A two or three year old must have fundamental comprehension that the medicine chest is a personal place and not a family cabinet in someone's bathroom.  The interior of one's medicine chest should be as sacred as a diary with parental supervision over it.  Personal medicine chests should be automated to help the individual which uses it.   If medication is needed once in the morning before breakfast, and once after lunch, the medication that's required for lunch should be dispensed at the same time as the medication is dispensed for breakfast.  The medication should be seated inside a cup that sets off a blinking light until the medication is removed from the cup. Automated dispensers can be made to include drugs used for recreational purposes.  As an adult, many of the automated features can be controlled by the user.  However, precautions should be taken to avoid abuse. 

The key factor in prevention is to administer long before there's a spark.  Once a child learns how to light a match, prevention of fires is already something that child has hopefully learned, otherwise, the results will bear consequences.  Parents don't have a problem with teaching their kids about fire because it is one of the dangers that is taught as soon as the child becomes old enough to wonder about the stove.  Usually this is accomplished by the age of two.  A parent will teach their kids about street safety by the time the child is five.  A child will be taught how to handle bullies at school beginning in kindergarten or even younger and the process goes on through grade school and even high school.  But even today, in 2008, parents are still reluctant to say anything about street drugs until the child is in the fourth grade!  By this time, the child has already been made aware of drugs by friends and teachers.  Kids pick up the messages that come to them in movies, television, and especially on the Internet, where it is often too easy to access a website that contains drug-related information.  Kids are really ready for the drug story by the age of three.  One thing that cannot be done, is overeducating a child.  The mind retains only information that has some definition of the environment.  The reason for introducing children to drugs at this age is because a child is likely to become curious, and curiosity leads to experimentation and pretending to be an adult.  By the time a child is five years old, he or she has already decided which parent to emulate, which parent it thinks of as more protective -- usually this is the mother.  In the single parent household, the child will adapt to the parent's ways but he or she will also determine if there is someone else to emulate.  Television created a curve ball for families as role models were adapted from television.  Today, when parents of young children are sent to prison, the child's welfare is often overlooked.  The family member who adopts the child, will always separate the children, whether it is intentional or not.  It is just as natural as quarantine is for a sick child.  Generally, the child will live under these conditions until he or she is old enough to wander off.  Many children report that they never felt torn about leaving.  In one case, a child told me that she parted with the blessing of her aunt at the age of seven.  The court never bothered to check into the situation after the first year and the aunt moved to a nearby town where she and her daughter decided that they didn't want to be living in under the same roof. 

There is no doubt that the child who lives on the street will develop the trades of the street, and that is how to survive.  Here, stealing is normal, using drugs is normal, trying to find shelter and taking it from someone else is normal.  By the time the child is 12,  they will have already used drugs, abused drugs, and -- in many cases -- become dependent upon them.  This is antithetical to prevention and the lawmakers that let it happen should be sentenced to a painful and exrutiating dealth with no room for mercy, since the chances are that the street orphan will never live to become a teenager.  If they do, they will be socially retarded for the rest of their lives, never obtaining a feeling for home. The city can be a frightening place for such child to emerge.  There have been some studies Robin Lloyd's For Money or Love a book about boy prostitution suggests that the most well developed street children are often raised by a pederast.   In 2008, pederasty is alive and well because of our current prison system in the US.  Children of color, particularly African-Americans find their way to live with pederasts.