Own Prevention Program

OwnPrevention Program

OwnPrevention Program

MarijuanaPrevention Program

Althougheffective marijuana prevention programs do exist, the relevance ofthese programs has been compromised by the failure of implementation.This program is developed to overcome some kinds of the obstaclesthat have in the past hindered the implementation of marijuanaprograms. Marijuana prevention contains the computer-driven harm thatfocuses on social influence approach (Duncan, Duncan, Beauchamp,Wells, &amp Ary, 2000).

Thepurpose of this program is to promote positive opportunities andhealthy communities for the young individuals and to foster communityleadership in the prevention of substance abuse. Addressing theprevention of marijuana through the development of thecommunity-level environmental programs is a new concept that requiresimplementation among the members of the society. The fundamentalinitiative that is required to prevent the usage of marijuana amongthe youths is known as HARM or simply known as Health AdvocatesRejecting Marijuana Gropper, M. (2002). This program is comprised ofvarious community sectors throughout the United States of America.The program will successfully implement multiple prevention campaignsat both the local and international level to counter thepro-marijuana impacts. The efforts to counter the influences ofmarijuana in the US have achieved success at a particular point, butthe implementation of the program to fully prevent the usage ofmarijuana is required. It is very much clear that some effort isrequired to minimize the use of this substance at the local, state,and international levels. Smart Approaches to Marijuana popularlyreferred to as SAM comprising of professionals are working towardsensuring mental and public health in the US. It comprises of themedical doctors, treatment providers, teachers, preventionists,lawmakers, and others who seek to find the middle road betweenlegalization and incarnation. The program uses the third-way approachto marijuana based on informational science, public safety andhealthy (Berkowitz, &amp Begun, 2003).

Feedbackfor Marijuana Preventive Program

Areas of Strength Areas of Concern

Program Characteristics

Acceptable and believable mechanisms with good content that will enhance youth literacy and learning skills to end the usage of marijuana

-Some information is to condensed and does not offer an appropriate plan of how the youths are supposed to end the usage of the drug substance

-The content on long-term effects too subtle and requires to be made more explicit to the youths

-the program requires swearing as some of the youths will not take the program seriously

Drug Prevention compliance

-Competence-based marijuana prevention program, which fits well the youths in the United States

-The use of computers to end marijuana usage among the youths

-Peer pressure among the youths in which youths are tempted to consume the substance more

-The myth surrounding the use of the drug substance


-The available legal institutions to fight the usage of marijuana among the youths

-Youths should be educated about the negative impacts of consuming the substance. Those addicted should be rehabilitated and given time to testify on the negative impacts of consuming marijuana to youths that are not addicted

Politicizing on the issue delays the implementation of the program.

-Weak legal institution makes it difficult to implement the program. This is because some of the offenders are not punished after consuming the substance.

Harm Minimization

Strongly supports the use of harm minimization approach to end marijuana usage

-Use of drug prevention guidelines, which are designed for the youths

Perceived effectiveness

This program will be moderately effective. This program requires frequent follow-up and support from the government for it to be effective in the long-run. In the short-run, the program appears to be effective since it helps to rehabilitate the youths.

-the abstinence message is not strong enough

-It is difficult to approach the youths’ that are addicts. The reason behind this is that youths who consume marijuana are rough and difficult to understand simple instructions.

Theprogram will be designed in such a way that it will take thefollowing structure:

  • Identification of youths who are addicts

  • Rehabilitating the addicts and preventing them from further usage of marijuana

  • Holding outreach programs and allow the rehabilitated youths to educate others on the negative impacts of consuming marijuana

  • Using legal institution to sue those people behind the trade of marijuana

  • Suing the defiant marijuana consumers in courts

  • Destroying marijuana farms

  • Making marijuana business illegal in the country


Berkowitz,M.W. and Begun, A. (2003) Designing prevention programs: Thedevelopmental perspective. In: Sloboda, Z., Bukoski, W.J., Eds.,Handbook of Drug Abuse Prevention: Theory, Science and Practice.Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, 327-348.

Duncan,T.E., Duncan, S.C., Beauchamp, N., Wells, J. and Ary, D. (2000)Development and evaluation of an interactive CD-ROM refusal skillsprogram to prevent youth substance use: “Refuse to use”. Journalof Behavioral Medicine, 23, 59-72.

Gropper,M. (2002) Computer integrated drug prevention —Combiningmulti-media and social group work practices to teach inner cityIsraeli 6th graders how to say no to drugs. Journal of Technology inHuman Services, 20, 49-65.