File - A bag of heroin and drug paraphernalia are seen at an abandoned house in Ljubljana August 3, 2009.(REUTERS/Bor Slana)
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Often cited by authorities and experts as the most effective defense against abuse and addiction among adolescents, methods of prevention are underfunded in Lebanon despite the rise in drug use among youths.Substance abuse prevention provides youth with the proper education and skills to prevent a future drug problem.Substance abuse prevention is spearheaded by the National Program for the Prevention of Addiction under the authority of the Social Affairs Ministry, and despite their best efforts, authorities say not enough is being done to counter drug use.With drugs easily available and in many different forms, both legal and illegal, education becomes the strongest opponent to taking the first step down the road to addiction.Agha says that society must change how it views drug abuse, and abusers, before the problem can be effectively addressed.Most important, however, the media needs to be better educated on the issue of drug prevention, according to both Agha and Jaber.
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