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New Anti-Drugs Campaign for Young People (Новая кампания против наркотиков для молодежи).

doc New Anti-Drugs Campaign for Young People

doc Новая кампания против наркотиков для молодежи

New survey shows that Britain's drug problem is growing. The highest increase in drug use is among teenagers. How can they be convince to stop?
Last year, a European survey showed that the number of teenagers who had tried drugs was 6 per cent in Greece, 15 per cent in France and 30 p-cent in Britain.
Statistics show that drug use by British teenagers has doubled since 1989. I lalf teenagers who were interviewed admitted they had tried at least one type of drug. 70 per cent said they had been offered drugs in the past 3 months.
The drugs that the government is most worried about are stimulant drugs luch as Speed and Ecstasy (or 'E' as it is commonly known) and hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD. They are worried that many young people believe these drugs to be exciting and fashionable. They think that many of teenagers will be influenced by films such as Transporting and Pulp Fiction, which show attractive people taking drugs.
The government decided that it needed a new anti-drugs campaign. However, before it did this, it studied young people's attitudes. The survey showed that teenagers knew that drugs were bad for them but they could not actually name any health risk associated with particular drugs. It also showed that 61 per cent of teenage dmg-users would consider stopping using drugs if they thought they were a serious danger to their health.
It was also understood that many teenagers ignored drugs warnings in schools because they thought they were childish. In fact, it was proved that in some cases, the reason for taking drugs was to rebel against warnings from adults.
Using the results of the survey, new campaign has been started. The new campaign hopes to treat teenagers like adults. It informs young people of the health risks associated with particular drugs. It does this with photos of teenagers. On the advertisements, the parts of their bodies, which can be damaged by drugs, are indicated by biological diagrams showing the health risks.
Many teenagers try drugs as a 'dare' to show their friends that they are not scared. Often their friends insist until the person says 'yes'. The health authority hope that the advertisements will help teenagers to say "no" to this and be able to have good reason to say it. In addition to posters, the health authority has also made radio advertisements and put the number of their drugs helpline (a telephone number that can be called confidentially for help) in a lot of places. The people at the helpline advise people what to do if they have a drug problem or need more information about the dangers of drugs.
31 % of teenagers interviewed could not name a health risk associated with Ecstasy.
Eton (one of England's most expensive schools) and several other schools introduced drug tests. If the tests show a pupil has used an illegal drug, he/ she is expelled, and has to leave the school forever.
It was discovered that children of 10 years old were being sold hallucinogenic drugs (LSD). The drugs had pictures of cartoon characters on them to attract the children.
49 % of young drug-users say they would stop using drugs if they thought they were getting addicted.
35 % of young drug-users say they don't know why they use them.
MOST young drug-users say that they listen more to what their friends say about drugs than to what the media say about drugs.
THE NUMBER of young males taking drags is higher than the number of young females.
THE GREATEST increase in drug use in the past eight years is by 15-16 year olds.
MANY people argue that smoking kills more people than drugs.
9.75 % of British 12-13-year-olds smoke at least one cigarette a week.
26.4 % of British 14-15-year-olds smoke at least one cigarette a week.

info Vocabulary

survey [s∂:'vei] — обзор, опрос, анкетирование
increase ['inkri:s] — увеличение, рост
convince [k∂n'vins] —  убедить
drug — наркотик
double — удваиваться
admit — признавать
stimulant — возбуждающий
hallucinogen [h∂'lu:sin∂dзen] — галлюциноген
LSD [eles'di:] —ЛСД (наркотик, вызывающий галлюцинации)
Pulp Fiction — «Криминальное чтиво»
rebel — протестовать
treat — относиться, обращаться
dare [dε∂] — вызов
helpline — телефон доверия
illegal [i'li:g(∂)l] — незаконный
expel — выгонять, исключать
addict [∂'dikt] — привыкнуть
the media ['medi∂] — средства массовой информации
male — мужчина
female — женщина

quest Questions and Tasks

Make a survey on the situation on the drug problem in your educational establishment, your native city. Report in class about its results.
Express your opinion on drug addiction. What are the main arguments on how teenagers can be convinced to stop?
Prepare the small report on the harmful effects and risks of taking drugs.