New Brochure Helps Spanish-Speaking Families Discuss Drug Abuse and Related Health Risks

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Institute on Drug Abuse

    WASHINGTON, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Juventud Latina-Hable con Sus Hijos
 Sobre las Drogas y Sus Peligros (Latino Youth -- Speak to Your Children About
 Drugs and Their Dangers) provides a science-based discussion tool for
 Hispanic/Latino families.  It includes the latest information on the health
 effects of inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin, in
 addition to information on drug abuse prevention and treatment strategies.
     Juventud Latina was developed in Spanish by the National Institute on Drug
 Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health.  "Drug abuse and addiction are
 equal opportunity destroyers.  They touch every race, culture, and
 socioeconomic level, and our goal is to provide useful tools for all Americans
 to use in dealing with these issues within their own communities," says Dr.
 Alan I. Leshner, NIDA Director.  "In producing this brochure, we were
 particularly fortunate to have the active involvement and input from
 Hispanic/Latino parents, young people, and community health professionals
 nationwide."
     A series of accompanying Spanish radio PSAs directed toward parents is
 being released in April.  They encourage listeners to learn about the health
 effects of drug abuse and talk to their children about them.  They also direct
 listeners to a toll-free number for ordering the new brochure.  The PSAs are
 being distributed to 480 Hispanic/Latino radio outlets nationwide.
     For free copies of the brochure, please call the National Clearinghouse
 for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at 800-729-6686 and request
 publication number PHD854S.  NCADI also carries other NIDA publications in
 Spanish, on marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and drug abuse prevention.
 These publications, the new brochure, and other science-based information on
 drug abuse and addiction can be downloaded from NIDA's website at
 http://www.drugabuse.gov .
     The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National
 Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  NIDA
 supports more than 85 percent of the world's research on the health effects of
 drug abuse and addiction.  The Institute carries out a large variety of
 programs to ensure the rapid dissemination of research information and its
 implementation in policy and practice.  Fact sheets on the health effects of
 drugs of abuse and other topics can be ordered free of charge in English and
 Spanish by calling NIDA Infofax at 888-NIH-NIDA (644-6432) or 888-TTY-NIDA
 (889-6432) for the deaf. These fact sheets and further information on NIDA
 research and other activities can be found on the NIDA home page at
 http://www.drugabuse.gov .
 
 

SOURCE National Institute on Drug Abuse
    WASHINGTON, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Juventud Latina-Hable con Sus Hijos
 Sobre las Drogas y Sus Peligros (Latino Youth -- Speak to Your Children About
 Drugs and Their Dangers) provides a science-based discussion tool for
 Hispanic/Latino families.  It includes the latest information on the health
 effects of inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin, in
 addition to information on drug abuse prevention and treatment strategies.
     Juventud Latina was developed in Spanish by the National Institute on Drug
 Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health.  "Drug abuse and addiction are
 equal opportunity destroyers.  They touch every race, culture, and
 socioeconomic level, and our goal is to provide useful tools for all Americans
 to use in dealing with these issues within their own communities," says Dr.
 Alan I. Leshner, NIDA Director.  "In producing this brochure, we were
 particularly fortunate to have the active involvement and input from
 Hispanic/Latino parents, young people, and community health professionals
 nationwide."
     A series of accompanying Spanish radio PSAs directed toward parents is
 being released in April.  They encourage listeners to learn about the health
 effects of drug abuse and talk to their children about them.  They also direct
 listeners to a toll-free number for ordering the new brochure.  The PSAs are
 being distributed to 480 Hispanic/Latino radio outlets nationwide.
     For free copies of the brochure, please call the National Clearinghouse
 for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at 800-729-6686 and request
 publication number PHD854S.  NCADI also carries other NIDA publications in
 Spanish, on marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and drug abuse prevention.
 These publications, the new brochure, and other science-based information on
 drug abuse and addiction can be downloaded from NIDA's website at
 http://www.drugabuse.gov .
     The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National
 Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  NIDA
 supports more than 85 percent of the world's research on the health effects of
 drug abuse and addiction.  The Institute carries out a large variety of
 programs to ensure the rapid dissemination of research information and its
 implementation in policy and practice.  Fact sheets on the health effects of
 drugs of abuse and other topics can be ordered free of charge in English and
 Spanish by calling NIDA Infofax at 888-NIH-NIDA (644-6432) or 888-TTY-NIDA
 (889-6432) for the deaf. These fact sheets and further information on NIDA
 research and other activities can be found on the NIDA home page at
 http://www.drugabuse.gov .
 
 SOURCE  National Institute on Drug Abuse