Today’s adults whose adolescent and teen years took place in the 1980s grew up during a time when cultural institutions were attempting to assume an aggressive anti-drug stance. As a result, their young lives were inundated by television and radio advertisements that advocated a strong anti-drug attitude. Even though it is impossible to determine the extent to which these anti-drug media campaigns worked, one look at recent drug and alcohol statistics is discouraging.
Even if the old anti-drug ads of the 1980s helped to deter drug usage for some young people during that time, it’s effectiveness appears to have waned substantially over the past 25 years. For example, a study conducted in 2011 concluded that approximately 22.5 million Americans over the age of 12 had either used illegal drugs, or abRead More