Tucson educators use science to warn of drug use

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TUCSON -- A group of Tucson educators are learning a new way to combat teen drug use, and some experts say it's more effective than telling them to "just say no."

Science teachers and counselors from the Tucson Unified, Sunnyside and Marana school districts are taking a seven-week training course at the University of Arizona.

They're learning how science can be incorporated into drug-prevention education.

The idea is that if the educators can provide students with more scientific evidence about why they should avoid drugs, students will take the message more seriously.

For instance, students can be shown side-by-side MRI images of a normal brain versus the brain of a drug user.

Maryann Judkins, a UA training coordinator, says technology used to look inside the body has improved in the last decade and it's only natural to use that to teach youngsters the harmful effects of drug use.

Information from: Arizona Daily Star

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