Just Say No…Saying Good Bye to Former First Lady Nancy Regan

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It is now 2016 what have we as a society learned from the slogan, Just Say No?

In 1982  Nancy Reagan launched the “Just Say No” drug awareness campaign that would focused on drug education and informing the youth of the dangers of drug abuse. History has stated that the Just Say No Program did not go far enough in addressing many of the  social issues that included; unemployment, poverty, and family dissolution.

 Nancy Reagan believed that  “If you can save just one child, it’s worth it” The Former First Lady believed that  understanding what drugs can do to your children, and understanding peer pressure and understanding why they turn to drugs is  the first step in solving the problem.

So are we better off today than when the Just Say No Campaign began?

In 1988, she addressed the UN General Assembly, saying the United States must do more with tougher law enforcement and anti-drug education efforts and should stop blaming the poor nations that produce most of the narcotics used by Americans.

So the 2016 question to ponder…What have we learned? images (5)