NIDA: National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIDA’s mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.They want to strategically support and conduct basic and clinical research on drug use (including nicotine), its consequences, and the underlying neurobiological, behavioral, and social mechanisms involved. They also plan to ensure the effective translation, implementation, and dissemination of scientific research findings to improve the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and enhance public awareness of addiction as a brain disorder. NIDA’s main goal is to prevent citizens from using or thinking about using illegal and prescription drugs by providing them with background knowledge.
In the book, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, the author Howard Zinn tells different stories in which change was being made through the community but also the people being affected helped with the change. This ties in with our advocacy because we are trying to promote and create change in our local community like Howard Zinn did. Not only are we going to help the community but the people being affected are also going to help themselves.
Our group’s policy is to organize a walk to bring awareness about teen prescription drug abuse. We also plan to give the students in health classes of CUSD more in depth materials about the harmful effects. The first step will be to make an appointment with PAIN to figure out when, where, how, and the costs. A teen prescription drug abuse walk through Riverpark on a Saturday in March in the afternoon is the goal. We’ll be meeting with them on Thursday in the afternoon to confirm this.