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Drug Safety and Prevention

Marcel Gemme By Marcel Gemme | Last Updated: 17 November 2023
  • What You'll Learn

Drug Use Prevention Tips

  • Talk with the individual and, have an open dialogue, provide them with facts about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.
  • Demonstrate that you care about their health. Identify with them, even use personal stories.
  • Recognize early warning signs: some signs can occur at once or at the same time, for example:
    • Drastic mood changes.
    • Significant lack of responsibility with work, school, or family.
    • A complete disregard for rules or law.
    • Memory lapses, poor concentration, bloodshot eyes, lack of coordination, or slurred speech.
    • New friends or acquaintances.
  • A successful approach involves active listening:
    • Ask open-ended questions
    • Be positive and find positives in the situation.
    • Let them know you understand what they are saying.
    • Sum up and ask questions; show them you are listening the entire time.
    • Offer empathy, compassion, and assistance.

Drug Education

Understanding the dangers of illicit substances goes a long way in the prevention of substance use. Below are resources about commonly used drugs.

Drug Free World Pamphlet on Drugs
Drug Free World Pamphlet on Marijuana
Drug Free World Pamphlet on Alcohol
Drug Free World Pamphlet on Heroin
Drug Free World Pamphlet on Cocaine
Drug Free World Pamphlet on Methamphetamine
Drug Free World Pamphlet on Prescription Drugs
Drug Free World Pamphlet on Painkillers
Drug Free World Pamphlet on Ritalin
Drug Free World Pamphlet on Synthetic Drugs
Drug Free World Pamphlet on Crack Cocaine
Drug Free World Pamphlet on Ecstasy
Drug Free World Pamphlet on LSD
Drug Free World Pamphlet on Inhalants

Overdose Prevention Resources

International Overdose Awareness Day occurs on August 31st. It is the world’s annual campaign to end overdose, remember those who have died without stigma, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. In addition, it educates the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.




More Information

Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.