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War On Drugs Statistics
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Trans-Border Institute, Global Commission on Drug Policy
Date Verified: 5.4.2013
The term "War on Drugs" is commonly applied to the U.S. campaign to prohibit and reduce illegal drug trade. The term was first used by U.S. president Richard Nixon. The Obama administration decided to not use the term "War on Drugs" claiming it was "counter-productive". A poll found that three in four Americans believed the War on Drugs was failing.
Youth Violence statistics
Source: Character Counts, Where Peace Lives, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Date Verified: 8.4.2012
Youth violence refers to harmful behaviors that can start early and continue into young adulthood. The young person can be a victim, an offender, or a witness to the violence. Youth violence includes various behaviors. Some violent acts—such as bullying, slapping, or hitting—can cause more emotional harm than physical harm. Others, such as robbery and assault (with or without weapons) can lead to serious injury or even death
Bullying / Cyber bullying Statistic
Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Health and Human Services, Cyberbullying Research Center
Research Date: 7.8.2014
Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior manifested by the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when the behavior is habitual and involves an imbalance of power. It can include verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed repeatedly towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability. The 'imbalance of power" may be social power and/or physical power. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a “target”.
Source: The National Campaign
Research Date: 7.7.2014
"Sexting" Defined as sending sexually suggestive messages or images via text, email, IM
(Survey was fielded online to 1,280 respondents)
Pharmaceutical / Prescription Overdose Statistics
sources: University of Michigan, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Prescription Drug Abuse Pocket Fives
Research Date: 2.1.2016
Prescription drug misuse and abuse is the intentional or unintentional use of medication without a prescription, in a way other than prescribed, or for the experience or feeling it causes. Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) (PDF I 3.4 MB) indicate that about 15 million people aged 12 or older used prescription drugs
non-medically in the past year, and 6.5 million did so in the past month. This issue is a growing national problem in the United States. Prescription drugs are misused and abused more often than any other drug, except marijuana and alcohol. This growth is fueled by misperceptions about prescription drug safety, and increasing availability. A 2011 analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that opioid analgesic (pain reliever) sales increased nearly four-fold between 1999 and 2010; this was paralleled by an almost four-fold increase in opioid (narcotic pain medication) overdose deaths and substance abuse treatment admissions almost six times the rate during the same time period
Source: CDC, WIN
Research Date: 7.9.2014
Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. People are considered as obese when their Body mass index (BMI), a measurement which compares their weight and squared height, exceeds 30 kg/m2. Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases, particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of excessive food energy intake, lack of physical activity, and genetic susceptibility.
“SMART KIDS SAY NO THANKS” PLEDGE
Know that the purpose of my life is to be free to choose happiness as the beacon that guides me to freedom. To be the architect and builder of my spiritual connection to a power greater than myself, to go about each day with the attitude of “Yes I expect to win and I will”
I promise to always respect my body as the holy temple that it is and not pollute it with disease, alcohol, food, drugs, tobacco or any negative thought or deed; And to share with you my friends, the same honesty that I share with myself; always be good to yourself; and to accept prosperity and abundance as your divine birthright. Go in love and peace and I will always remember that it’s okay to say;