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NIDA. (2001, April 18). New Brochure Helps Spanish-Speaking Families Discuss Drug Abuse and Related Health Risks. Retrieved from

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April 18, 2001

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.