New Anti-Drugs Campaign for Young People (Новая кампания против наркотиков для молодежи).
New Anti-Drugs Campaign for Young People
Новая кампания против наркотиков для молодежи
|New survey shows that Britain's drug problem is growing. The highestincrease in drug use is among teenagers. How can they be convince tostop?|
Last year, a European survey showed that the number of teenagers who hadtried drugs was 6 per cent in Greece, 15 per cent in France and 30p-cent in Britain.
Statistics show that drug use by British teenagers has doubled since1989. I lalf teenagers who were interviewed admitted they had tried atleast one type of drug. 70 per cent said they had been offered drugs inthe past 3 months.
The drugs that the government is most worried about are stimulant drugsluch as Speed and Ecstasy (or 'E' as it is commonly known) andhallucinogenic drugs such as LSD. They are worried that many youngpeople believe these drugs to be exciting and fashionable. They thinkthat many of teenagers will be influenced by films such as Transportingand 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. Thesurvey showed that teenagers knew that drugs were bad for them but theycould not actually name any health risk associated with particulardrugs. It also showed that 61 per cent of teenage dmg-users wouldconsider stopping using drugs if they thought they were a serious dangerto their health.
It was also understood that many teenagers ignored drugs warnings inschools because they thought they were childish. In fact, it was provedthat in some cases, the reason for taking drugs was to rebel againstwarnings from adults.
Using the results of the survey, new campaign has been started. The newcampaign hopes to treat teenagers like adults. It informs young peopleof the health risks associated with particular drugs. It does this withphotos of teenagers. On the advertisements, the parts of their bodies,which can be damaged by drugs, are indicated by biological diagramsshowing the health risks.
Many teenagers try drugs as a 'dare' to show their friends that they arenot scared. Often their friends insist until the person says 'yes'. Thehealth authority hope that the advertisements will help teenagers tosay "no" to this and be able to have good reason to say it. In additionto posters, the health authority has also made radio advertisements andput the number of their drugs helpline (a telephone number that can becalled confidentially for help) in a lot of places. The people at thehelpline advise people what to do if they have a drug problem or needmore 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 schoolsintroduced drug tests. If the tests show a pupil has used an illegaldrug, he/ she is expelled, and has to leave the school forever.
It was discovered that children of 10 years old were being soldhallucinogenic drugs (LSD). The drugs had pictures of cartoon characterson 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.
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
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.