|There's nothing glamorous or chic about being hooked on heroin. Get the hard-boiled facts about a drug that can quickly take over your life and ruin it.
- The Videographer Awards "Award of Excellence"
1) Students will witness the ugliness of the addictive lifestyle.
2) Important facts about heroin will be revealed. Students will learn vital information.
3) The negative effects of heroin abuse will be discussed.
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"This brief video packs a wallop, giving vital information about the dangers, sources, effects, history, and the reasons for the resurgence of heroin abuse. The length is perfect for a class period with time for discussion as well. Heroin is available in several forms: it can be sniffed, injected, and smoked. Some of the warning signs of drug abuse are loss of appetite, watery eyes, pin point pupils, and changes in behavior. The media often helps in promoting a certain "look" which is the result of drug abuse and is popular with many models. Many young people admire the look of these models, making drug use appear almost glamorous. The heroin today is purer and much more lethal than it was when it was popular in the 70's. Heroin is one of the most deadly and seductive drugs on the market, and has left a trail of heartbreak and death in its wake. With excellent yet unobtrusive background music, Teenage Heroin Abuse makes a strong statement. The narration is provided by several background voices, some young and some more adult. The images are graphic as we see needles puncture skin, eyes rolling back in the head, skin lesions on arms. All the drug users appear to be teenagers, and it is emphasized that, almost without exception, each of them started out using marijuana. These powerful pictures come with informative commentary and are not just setups for shock value. As the video ends, there is a listing of hotline numbers to contact for care and support. This video would be a most effective tool for teachers working with young people and for health care officials dealing with high-risk individuals."
SOURCE: School Library Journal, April 2000 Issue
AUTHOR: Sally M. Tibbetts, Maine West High School, Des Plaines, IL
Reproduced, with permission from School Library Journal Copyright ©
By Cahners Business Information
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